Arrested 32 Years After MI Escape, CA Woman Hopes for Clemency


A suburban homemaker arrested at her upscale home near San Diego 32 years after escaping a Detroit-area prison is pinning her hopes of clemency on Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Susan LeFevre, now 53, was imprisoned in 1975 when, at age 19, she and friend sold heroin to an undercover officer near Saginaw. LeFevre walked away from the now-closed Detroit House of Corrections a year into her maximum 20-year sentence.

LeFevre, who went by Marie Walsh in California, was caught April 24 outside her home in the Carmel Valley, Calif., area driving a black Lexus SUV. The married mother of three plans to ask for clemency to avoid serving at least 5 1/2 more years in prison. She was returned this week to the Robert Scott Correctional Facility, a Northville Township prison that opened near the grounds of the old prison. “I’ve tried to be exceptionally good,” LeFevre said in an interview before she was extradited to Michigan.


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