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Wife And Mother Nabbed After 32 Years On The Run

By KJ Mullins     Apr 30, 2008 in Crime
Marie Walsh escaped from prison 32 years ago. Tonight she has been returned to a cell after an arrest in California for the first time since when she left her prison home in 1976.
When Walsh,53, was in prison before she was serving a 10 to 20 year sentence for drug offenses. She escaped from a Detroit prison camp just a year into her jail term. At the name she was known at Susan Lefevre.
After escaping jail she moved to California, married and raised three children. The secret life she was leading came to an end on Wednesday after US Marshals Service agents closed in after getting a tip. They took her from her home for the past ten years in San Diego back to prison.
She is being held at a California women's jail until her extradition to Michigan where she will serve the rest of her sentence.
Walsh at first denied being Lefevre. From a jail house interview the mother of three said her prior crime had been a minor one.
"It was a couple hundred dollars worth of drugs, a transaction that my friend did, and I was there in the car," she told NBC 7/39, insisting she was just someone who "got in with the wrong crowd" as a teenager.
She is hoping for leniency when she comes before a judge again in Michigan. Her family is undoubtedly in shock as they had no idea that their wife and mother was an escaped criminal.
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