Fugitive Mom Gets Day in Court

SAGINAW, Mich.  -- A woman who made a new life in San Diego after escaping from a Michigan prison in 1976 claimed she pleaded guilty to a drug crime because she was promised probation.

Susan LeFevre testified Wednesday in Saginaw County Circuit Court. She wants Judge William Crane to throw out a 10-year sentence for a heroin sale.

LeFevre described herself as a troubled drug user in the '70s, not a dealer, the Saginaw News reported. The judge won't rule until January or later.

LeFevre, a 54-year-old woman from the San Diego area, was living under a different name when she was captured in April. She had escaped from a prison in suburban Detroit after serving about 14 months.

Prosecutor Michael Thomas said his client should at least serve about 3½ years in prison.

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