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article imageWoman who escaped from Michigan prison captured after 37 years

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 6, 2014 in Crime
San Diego - After successfully eluding authorities for 37 years, Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was arrested in San Diego and is custody awaiting extradition to Michigan. Hayman was able to be tracked down because of the weather in Michigan—it was bad.
The job of Lt. Charles Levin of the Michigan Department of Corrections is to track down persons who have violated parole. But the Michigan weather has not been good lately. So instead of going out on the icy roads to track down bad guys, Levin decided to stay in the warmth of the office and go through old files. And it paid off. Levin went through old files of escapees and sent their fingerprints to the FBI.
One set of prints, belonging to Hayman, matched others under several different names. Levin then asked one of his investigators to look for Hayman who had been on the lam since 1977. The investigator tracked the woman to San Diego.
On Monday, three San Diego police officers went to the apartment of Amie Lewis, bringing along mugshots of Hayman. Lewis denied being Hayman and showed the officers government identification in the name of Amie Lewis. But the officers didn't let it go. According to Lt. Kevin Mayer, the lead officer was convinced that Lewis' eyes were the same as the eyes in the mugshots. Eventually Lewis confessed she really was Hayman who had escaped from a Michigan institution almost four decades ago.
Aaron Lewis, 32, the oldest of Lewis' three children, was in his mother's apartment when police arrived. From his reaction, police did not believe he knew about his mother's past.
Neighbours were shocked. Of Lewis' children, Theresa Padilla said, "She seemed to raise them well and they never gave her any problems and they were nice to me." Padilla also said the children were always around helping their mother.
During the 1970s, Hayman was serving an 18 to 24-month sentence in a Ypsilanti prison after being convicted of attempted larceny for trying to steal clothes from a Detroit store. After serving eight months of the sentence, the then 23-year-old escaped on April 14, 1977. It is believed she simply walked away from the prison that at that time,had very little security.
If Hayman is returned to Michigan, she will have to complete the remainder of her sentence for attempted larceny. It will be up to prosecutors to decide if she will be charged for the escape.
Hayman is currently detained in a San Diego jail awaiting an extradition hearing to decide if she should be sent back to Michigan. The 60-year-old is appearing in court today.
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