Alleged Michigan Escapee Arrested After 37 Years

Posted at 8:44 PM, Feb 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-04 21:17:42-05
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2014) — A woman who allegedly escaped a Michigan prison 37 years ago was arrested in San Diego Monday.

Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was arrested at her apartment after Michigan corrections officials tipped off San Diego police.

Hayman initially claimed to be someone else and gave documents with an alias, but eventually admitted to her true identity under questioning, according to police.

According to San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer, Hayman’s 32-year-old son was visiting.  Mayer said he was “quite surprised” by the revelations about his mother.

Hayman pleaded guilty in June 1976 to a larceny charge in Wayne County and was sentenced to serve between 16 months and two years in custody, according to prison officials.

She allegedly escaped the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility ten months later and remained a fugitive until this week.

This was the second time in the past six years that a female escapee from Michigan turned up in San Diego.  Susan LeFevre, 53, was arrested in April 2008 nearly 32 years after she climbed a barbed wire perimeter fence at the Detroit House of Corrections.

She had served about a year of a 10- to 20-year sentence for selling heroin to an undercover officer when she was 19.

While a fugitive, she got married, had three children and lived under an alias until authorities received an anonymous tip. She was sent back to Michigan, served another year in jail and was paroled in May 2009.