Letter: Leniency gives wrong lesson
Leniency gives wrong lessonRegarding the case of Susan LeFevre, who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1976 and remained a fugitive until last spring, when she was arrested in California:
We now have a new lesson to teach kids about personal responsibility.
Commit a felony (sell heroin), plead guilty, escape and then hide for 32 years. Then, when you’re finally caught, tell everyone what a good person you are, what a good mother you are, what a beautiful family you have. Leave out the part about how you stole a dead woman’s Social Security number, how somehow your husband didn’t know, how you lied about everything for 32 years. How you were part of a heroin ring, making $2,000 per week in 1976. Then tell them how it was so tough on you lying for all that time, that you shouldn’t be punished, even though you served less than one year of a 10-20 year sentence.
Some gullible judge will give you probation, and you can return to your multimillion dollar home in Carmel Valley, Ca., to live a life of leisure. Only in America.
ó Todd Morgan