Michigan fugitive caught in California
after 37 years on the run
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[February 06, 2014]
By Ned Randolph
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) — A 60-year-old woman
who fled a Michigan prison nearly 37 years ago has been captured in San
Diego, where she was living under an assumed name, law enforcement
officials said on Wednesday.
Judy Lynn Hayman was arrested on a fugitive warrant earlier this
week after a detective working cold cases while stuck inside during a
recent winter storm found her fingerprints in an FBI database, said
Lieutenant Russ Marlan of the Michigan Department of Corrections.
"The investigator inside his desk had about 40 cases of these old
fugitives that had never been apprehended," Marlan said. "He started
working all these old cases."
He said Hayman's prints were in the database from previous arrests
Prison records show Hayman had served eight months of a 16-24 month
sentence after pleading guilty in 1976 to attempted larceny when she
was 23 years old. Under Michigan law, attempted larceny is the
attempted theft of property worth over $100.
"She was stealing clothing from a couple of stores in Detroit and
Lavonia," Marlan said. "It was larceny, probably a reduced charged
of attempted larceny — essentially shoplifting."
Hayman was living under the name Jamie Lewis when San Diego police
found her at her home near Balboa Park, said San Diego police
spokesman Lieutenant Kevin Meyer. Her 32-year-old son was visiting
at the time.
She was being held without bail at Las Colinas Detection Facility.
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Hayman, who also went by the names Brenda Bushner and Judy Kayman,
could face additional time for leaving the Michigan prison.
Marlan said that when Hayman escaped in 1977, the Huron Valley
Correctional facility, the state's only women's prison, had little
"An escape could have been walking away in the middle of the night,"
(Reporting by Ned Randolph; editing by Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Osterman)
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