Fugitive mom asks Michigan court to toss sentence

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A housewife caught at her upscale home near San Diego 32 years after escaping a Michigan prison is asking a judge to set aside her sentence for selling heroin.

Fifty-three-year-old Susan LeFevre has been in a Detroit-area prison since May, where she's serving at least 5 1/2 more years behind bars.

Her attorneys filed a motion in Saginaw County today arguing a judge in 1975 gave her an illegal 10- to 20-year sentence for selling drugs, her first offense.

LeFevre's attorneys say that at the time of her sentencing, the circuit court's policy was to give all Saginaw defendants in heroin cases 10 to 20 years, regardless of their individual characteristics.

The policy was later ruled improper by the Michigan Supreme Court.

LeFevre wants a new, lighter sentence.


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