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Prison Fugitive From Mid-1970s Captured In San Diego

A woman who allegedly escaped from a Midwestern prison 37 years ago was captured in the Balboa Park-area neighborhood where she was living, authorities reported Tuesday.

Acting on information from Michigan corrections officials, San Diego police arrested Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, at her apartment in the 3500 block of First Avenue late Monday afternoon, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

Michigan Department of Corrections

Judy Lynn Hayman pleaded guilty in June 1976 to a larceny charge in Michigan, and sentenced to serve between 16 months and two years in custody but escaped after only 10 months.

Hayman initially claimed to be someone else and provided documents bearing her alias, but eventually admitted to her true identity under questioning, according to Mayer. Her 32-year-old son was visiting when officers arrived and seemed "quite surprised" by the revelations about his mother, the lieutenant said.

She was booked into Las Colinas women's jail in Santee and was being held without bail pending extradition proceedings. Hayman pleaded guilty in June 1976 to a larceny charge in Wayne County, Mich., and was sentenced to serve between 16 months and two years in custody, according to prison officials there.

Ten months later, she escaped from the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. She remained a fugitive until this week, using various aliases -- including Judy Kayman and Brenda Bushmer -- while at large, officials said.

It was the second time in six years that a female escapee from a Michigan penitentiary turned up in San Diego.

Carmel Valley resident Susan LeFevre, 53, was arrested at her home in April 2008, 32 years after she climbed a barbed-wire perimeter fence at the Detroit House of Corrections and absconded with help from her grandfather.

At the time of her escape, she had served about 12 months of a 10- to 20-year sentence for selling heroin to an undercover police officer at age 19.

LeFevre got married, had three children and lived under an assumed identity until authorities, acting on an anonymous tip, caught up to her. She was sent back to Michigan, served another year in jail and was paroled in May 2009.

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Avatar for user 'x76'

x76 | February 5, 2014 at 7:26 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

And..? So what? What was her crime, exactly? So we captured a 60-year old fugitive from alleged justice? Was this worth the effort?

Any of those "too big to fail" bankers been indicted yet? Even one single one of them? What about HBSC bank, the one that laundered millions of dollars in drug cartel money? Do they remain, somehow, "too big to prosecute"?

But we nailed this senior citizen whom I imagine would have liked nothing more than to keep her youthful screw-up forgotten. Way to go.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 5, 2014 at 10:40 a.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree with x76, this seems to have more to do with publicity than public safety.

Larceny is basically theft. What, exactly did she steal?

Multi-state man-hunts lasting decades are not cheap, and if she wasn;t committing any new crimes I find it absurd our tax money went to paying who knows how many law enforcement salaries and bennefits to hunt down some old lady who stole something in the 70s.

Yet one more example of a police-state out of control.

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