Thursday, May 1, 2008
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.