Monday, July 21, 2008
Injustice On Top Of Injustice In Michigan For San Diego Soccer Mom Escapee
Detroit, MI-Wayne County Michigan Prosecutor, Kym Worthy announced that Susan Lefevrere now known as Marie Walsh will be prosecuted for her escape more than three decades ago.
Walsh now faces an additional five years in prison. As a first time offending teenager and college student Walsh was arrested in Saginaw for selling a small amount of drugs. Walsh pled guilty and got an unexpected maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years behind bars.
Walsh was placed in a Detroit area prison where the population was 90 % African-American and soon was the target of threats. Walsh fled with the assistance of her grandfather. Walsh married and raised a family of three children in Suburban San Diego. Walsh changed her ways and friends and never looked back, that is until a knock at her door by Deputy US Marshals.
Walsh was returned to that Michigan prison as her family, neighbors, friends and total strangers rallied around her begging officials for clemency. Walsh may have had the brush with the law but became a law-abiding and loved member of her community.
Walsh’s lawyer filed a motion in the original Saginaw court seeking a modification of the sentence and there was real hope that mercy, and fairness would see the original sentence vacated since it was so overly harsh when it was handed down on Walsh.
Filing an escape charge now against Walsh is both pointless and beyond cruel. Is there no decency in Michigan? What’s prosecutor Kym Worthy’s ugly agenda here?