Thursday, May 1, 2008

Michigan: Clemency for Fugitive Mom?

In 1975, Susan LeFevre plead guilty to drug-trafficking charges and received a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison. She was 19 years old at the time, but was making several thousand dollars a week selling cocaine. But LeFevre only served a single year of her sentence, because she climbed over a barbed-wire fence and hopped in a getaway car driven by her grandfather. LeFevre married, raised some kids and changed her name to Marie Walsh. Last week, 32 years after the escape, she was arrested in San Diego. Her attorney says that he now will petition Michigan's Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, to commute the nine years remaining on the 53-year old mom's sentence. Granholm has commuted only 20 sentences since taking office in 2003, and all but two of those were for medical related issues. That is to say, the inmates were terminally ill and not expected to live much longer. See story here and here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its been 32 years.Let her go.

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

Editor: These fugitive cases are certainly interesting ones to ponder. Essentially, they feature the same arguments that Marc Rich holds up. I suppose, running with the premise, the longer he stays "clean," the more justified he would be in demanding a pardon. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

Susan sold herion! Not coke??? Goodness you need to proof read. I think Susan will do her exscape charge of 5 and a half, also some of the time she ran from. Maybe the Fed's can add Fraud along with it. Only right, Susan is no different than the girl locked up beside her. Only Susan had 32 year's of her life running from the law, living the high life. So she had 3 children. Susan should have thought of this.Becouse I am sure it has neaver left her mind, rehursing her story over and over to herself, if she mwas cought. And the lie she has told her children while they were growing up. Susan has lived a lie for 32 year's.

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