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Former Michigan fugitive speaks to TV5 in exclusive interview

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After two years in prison a woman speaks out about living a double life for two decades.

Her story spread across the nation and now she's back in Mid-Michigan.

After escaping prison and living 20 years in hiding, she's speaking out about the system she ran away from.

Susan Marie Walsh grabbed national attention for pulling off the nearly impossible, escaping prison. She took on a new identity and lived two very different lives.

They were two worlds that went unnoticed for 30 years. One as a California wife and mother and the other as a Michigan fugitive on the run.

She was originally known as Susan LeFevre. She was arrested with a friend for selling heroin to an undercover officer in Thomas Township back in 1974.

LeFevre plead guilty and was sentenced up to 20 years in prison. After serving about a year and a half she escaped and changed her name to Marie Walsh. She was living in San Diego in 2008 when she got a knock on the door.

"He flashed his badge and said 'are you Susan LeFevre?' And I just thought, well this is the moment," Walsh said.

She was forced to spend another six months behind bars and placed on probation. Five years later she is back in Mid-Michigan visiting her family.

Walsh said the hardest part of the entire ordeal wasn't facing her old family, it was explaining what she had done to her new family.

"Well, I couldn't tell them of course. It would've made them an accomplice even, husband, everything. There was nothing to be gained by it," Walsh said.

Walsh is using her story to shed light on the stories of other inmates who she said are facing lengthy prison sentences for non-violent offenses.

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