Okla. warden's wife faces prison after conviction

By TIM TALLEY | September 22, 2011 | 3:10 AM EDT

Defense attorney Garvin Isaacs sits on a window ledge outside the county courthouse with members of Bobbi Parker's family Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at the Greer County Courthouse in Mangum, Okla. The 12-person jury is in its first full day of deliberations in the months-long trial of Bobbi Parker, who is accused of helping Randolph Franklin Dial of escape in 1994 when her husband was deputy warden. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

MANGUM, Okla. (AP) — The wife of a former Oklahoma prison warden now faces the prospect of at least a year in prison herself following her conviction for helping an inmate escape.

Bobbi Parker faced 10 years in prison for assisting the escape of convicted killer Randolph Franklin Dial, but a jury is recommending she only serve one year. Formal sentencing is Oct. 6.

Prosecutors alleged Parker fell in love with Dial and ran off with him in 1994 when her husband was deputy warden of the prison in Granite.

Defense attorneys maintained that Dial drugged her, kidnapped her at knifepoint and held her hostage by threatening to use his alleged mob connections to harm her family if she tried to flee.

Dial backed Parker's version of events before he died in 2007.