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      Woman smuggled hacksaw blade to Morgan County inmates

      A Jefferson City woman pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to trying to help Morgan County jail inmate escape.

      A Jefferson City woman pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to trying to help a Morgan County jail inmate escape.

      Amanda Lesh, 35, admitted to smuggling in a hacksaw blade to Mitchell Atterberry's cell. Atterberry is in jail on federal charges related to methamphetamine distribution. The charge was contained in a Dec. 13, 2012, federal indictment.

      His cellmate, Steven Pyykola, is serving three consecutive life sentences without parole for three state murder charges and was part of the escape attempt.

      Deputies got a tip on November 14 and searched the cell, where the discovered the window had been damaged and the metal support beam had been cut most of the way through. They found a 10-inch saw blade in the top bunk mat, and a smaller 2-inch blade that may have broken off of the larger one.

      Telephone calls to Lesh from Atterberry and Pyykola revealed that the two asked her to buy the blades and take them to the jail underneath their second-story window. The inmates then lowered a string so Lesh could tie the blades to it. During the phone calls, she also mentioned picking the inmates up after the escape and taking them to get clothes.

      Lesh faces up to five years in federal prison without parole, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.