April 30, 2008
Susan Lefevre – The Story Of A Truly Desperate Housewife. Wife And Mother Lived A Double Life After Being A Fugitive Of Justice For 32 Years
San Diego, CA (The Weekly Vice) -- Susan Lefevre is a typical 53 year old mother and wife. There's just one minor detail about Lefevre that is not so typical. She has been running from the law after escaping prison 32 years ago.
Now, Lefevre's past has finally caught up to her. Responding to an anonymous tip, the absconding mother and wife was outed and arrested after years of living a double life.
Lefevre was arrested on drug charges in the early 70's. Growing up in Michigan, Lefevre says she fell into the wrong crowd when she was 19 years old. "There were just all these different drugs. [I] experimented and got involved in the wrong crowd," says Lafevre.
Lefevre was later convicted on drug charges and sentenced to 10 - 20 years in prison. Lafevre said that she expected to get probation. "So it was a couple hundred dollars worth of drugs a transaction that my friend did, and I was just there in the car."
She decided to 'mitigate' her own sentence and escaped by climbing over the fence and flee from the Robert Scott Correctional facility in Detroit about a year into her sentence. "My grandfather was waiting a few blocks away. I thought they were going to shoot me, but I didn't care, I just needed to get out there, it was a very wrong thing to do," said Lefevre.
After her escape, Lefevre changed her name to Marie Day and moved to California. She got married, changed her name to Marie Walsh and raised three kids with her husband Alan in an affluent neighborhood. When confronted with her real identity, Lefevre admitted who she was but told police her family had no idea she was a fugitive.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, police became aware of Lefevre's whereabouts on a tip that she was living in California under the name Marie Walsh. Authorities were able to verify Lefevre's identity by matching her thumb print records with that on her Marie Walsh driver's license.
Lefevre was arrested and booked into the Las Colinas Women's Detention Center while awaiting extradition back to Michigan where she will serve out the remainder of her sentence.
"I've been through 30 years of paying off a debt," Lefevre says. "I hope that there is some consideration that I did turn my life around, that's a very good way of putting it."
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This story is upsetting on a few accounts.
First, it highlights a serious inconsistency in our laws for establishing sentencing guidelines that fit the crime. A 19 year old girl is caught up in the wrong crowd and gets sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Alternatively, we have teachers raping kids who either serve a matter of months in jail, or no jail time at all.
While we agree, the woman should have had some kind of consequence for her actions, is society going to get a return on its investment in this case? She'll go from being a contributing, taxpaying citizen to becoming a tax burden that taxpayers will support until the woman becomes an immobile 70 year old. At that point she will be qualified for government retirement benefits. Basically this woman will be supported by taxpayers until she dies.
Meanwhile, our judges are letting repeat child molesters and pedophiles out of jail after multiple offenses, as we reported on yesterday.
If anything shows how whacked our laws are, this story does.
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