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 - Mom seeks quick trial for escape from prison...
Mom seeks quick trial for escape from prison Woman was captured after 30 years By ED WHITE The Associated Press PLYMOUTH, Mich. A California woman captured more than 30 years after she escaped from a Michigan prison is "extremely uncomfortable" back behind bars and wants to move the case through the courts as quickly as possible, her attorney said Monday. Susan LeFevre, 53, skipped her right to a preliminary examination, a waiver that sends her case to Wayne County Circuit Court weeks earlier than anticipated In 1976, with the help of her grandfather, LeFevre climbed over a barbed-wire fence at a state prison after serving a year of a 10-to 20-year sentence for selling heroin. In April, the mother of three was arrested outside her home in an affluent area of San Diego. LeFevre is back in Michigan serving at least $i years on the drug charge before a chance at parole. But she also faces a separate escape charge. Defense attorney William Swor said he plans to vigorously fight it, although he declined to i- 'V.vSwlB!W'.," ' ' 1 I i v; - ' V. - "THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Susan LeFevre, 53, right, talks Monday with her attorney, William Swor, at her preliminary examination in district court in Plymouth, Mich. The California mother of three will face trial on an escape charge more than three decades after she fled a Michigan prison. elaborate. The next court date is Aug. 28. ' "Now we can move to circuit court and file our motions," Swor said. LeFevre has not been physically threatened, he said, but everyone knows her background at Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. "She's extremely uncomfortable. - She's been reminded she's the suburban" mom, Swor told reporters outside 35th District Court. "There are staff that are extraordinarily kind. There are staff that are singling her out for special attention. "There's nowhere she can go to be alone. There's nowhere she can go to get peace," the attorney said. Spokesman John Cordell of the Michigan Department of Corrections said LeFevre can seek a higher level of security. "We feel she's well-managed. We haven't heard about any outward threats by other prisoners. . We train our staff to treat all our prisoners equally," Cordell said Separately, Swor is trying to get LeFevre's drug sentence thrown out in Saginaw County Circuit Court. He said she never expected to get 10 years in prison when she agreed to plead guilty in 1974. LeFevre was 19 when she was arrested "It was cookie-cutter sentencing" with no regard to the details of each case, Swor said

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  1. The Californian,
  2. 19 Aug 2008, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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