San Diego Woman Hoping for Leniency After 32 Years on the Run

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Santee, Calif (AP) A woman arrested in California 32 years after escaping from a prison in Detroit is hoping Michigan's governor will commute her sentence.

Susan Lefevre, now 53, moved to California, changed her name to Marie Walsh, got married and had three children. She was arrested April 24th after authorities got an anonymous tip

She's agreed to be extradited to Michigan to face the consequences of her 1975 guilty plea to drug-trafficking charges. She served one year of a 10-to-20-year sentence before climbing a prison fence to meet her waiting grandfather in February 1976.

Grand Rapids Attorney Paul Denenfeld says Lafevre shouldn't get to walk away. But her status as a good wife, mother and community member presents what he argues are “extraordinary circumstances.”

Lefevre says she hid her fugitive status from her husband and children until agents began actively looking for her late last year.

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