Wife and mother arrested 32 years after escaping prison

Absoultey amazing!!!

SAN DIEGO — Authorities say a woman who escaped from a Detroit prison 32 years ago has been arrested in San Diego, where she was a wife and mother living under a false name.

U.S. Marshals say 53-year-old Susan Lefevre was taken into custody Thursday in the Carmel Valley area.

In 1976, Lefevre managed to walk out of the Detroit House of Corrections after serving just one year of a 10- to 20-year sentence on conspiracy and drug convictions.

Using the name Marie Walsh, she married, raised three children and had been living in San Diego for nearly 10 years.

Authorities in late March received a tip saying Lefevre might be living in California as Marie Walsh. They confirmed it through a thumbprint match.

When she was arrested, Lefevre told marshal’s deputies that her family had no idea she was a fugitive.

Originally from LA Times.  Updated:  Story no longer available at LA Times, found at the StarTribune.com

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13 thoughts on “Wife and mother arrested 32 years after escaping prison

  1. lynn

    my heart goes out for her. she didn’t kill anyone and raised her kids right. i’m sorry she was caught. it was heroin and at that time they put you away for life.

  2. Ali

    I’m so glad we’re spending tax dollars so that we could bring this amazingly hardcore criminal to justice. (Insert sarcasm)
    It’s really sad a: that a judge was able to sentence a 19 year old to 10-20 years of jail time for a first time drug offense and b: that we’re really still concerned enough to put a woman who has obviously been “rehabilitated” by her OWN accord back into jail while murderers and sex offenders are on the streets.

  3. TOM of Dallas

    Reminds me of the old time TV show called “The Fugitive”; played by David Jansen;
    as Dr.Richard Kimble

  4. Elsie

    She has done 32 years for a crime that she was unbelievably given 10-20 years for. For the love of God, leave her alone. She has shown that she can be “Rehabilitated” and is no “Menace” to society unlike many child abusers and rapists that are set free after 2-3 years.

  5. truedino

    the goal of our prison system at one time was to incorparate a functional person back into to society. she managed to do it on her own. though not right what she did, her life has proven to be more valuable than her serving any other charges.

  6. Jack Rat

    She was young and foolish like most 19 year olds …. hasn’t she proven herself to be a decent law abiding citizen …. It would be a crime to put her in prison for what happened when she was young …

    Think the person who sought to put Susan back in prison needs to have their head examined … put in prison for doing this. Very sad story.

  7. Jack Rat

    It’s a crime to put this woman in prison after all these years .. the person who sought to put her in prison again needs to have their head examined/be put in prisn for doing so … merciless person … no value in putting Susan in prison ……. she is a law abiding citizen … are you trying to convert her to a criminal … break her down … destroy her … and her family … WHAT VALUE is there to the public or other for this action at this point in time? Absolutely none. Prison is/should be for danerous persons to keep the public safe from them … Susan poses no danger to society as far as I can see …. there are better uses for tax payers money …. get drugs … real criminals off the street. Leave Susan alone.

  8. steve e

    I know I feel better with a non-violent soccer mom in jail for 20 years when someone who shot their wife in the face is out in less than 15 (concord, NH)

  9. Sharon

    It is an absolute shame, for this poor woman and her family. I hope, they give her some lenancy, as she has proved, she is NOT a threat, to the general public and should not be punished, for her past, any longer. This is why the jail system doesn’t always work…we don’t need people, who are not a threat, in our system. Lock up, the hardened, violent criminals, not innocent teenagers, who made ONE mistake, in their lives and have to pay, forever. It is ridiculous, to waste the taxpayers money, on this kind of behavior.

  10. CHARLES

    I THINK THAT DUE TO THE ERA THAT ALL OF THIS OCCURED THAT THEY SHOULD JUST CONSIDER HER TIME ON THE RUN AS SENTANCE ENOUGH. THEY LET MURDERS AND RAPIST AND CHILD MOLESTERS RUN THE STREETS FREE, ALL OF THIS TOOK PLACE 32 YEARS AGO. PERSONALLY I THINK THEY NEED TO JUST “LET IT BE” WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN WELL KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME. JUST WORDS OF WISDOM ASK THE BETTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Chuck

    She did more toward turning her life around,than ANY prison time!She should definately be released to her loving family.God Bless you Susan,and your very fine family too.

  12. Gary

    You don’t get 20 years for killing someone, the court system should get there shit together.

  13. BlkQwn7

    As an Black American when I hear about situations like this or similar honestly, I can’t help but to think about all the minority children who are given life sentences for the same and less charges. However, I do believe just like the courts handle minorities, the so-called justice system did this child no justice when they sentence her to the maximum for her first offense, and it’s even crazier that they are even considering to send her to prison after 32-years! Fine her up the “butt” for both crimes dealing drugs and breaking out of prison, but she is no threat to society, and she has proven that. I live in Rockford Illinois and a White man murdered his wife, received manslaughter charges and served 6-months, a Black man here murdered his wife and still sits in jail today for life! All people should receive justice!

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