San Diego woman wanted in Michigan to remain in jail pending governor’s warrant

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A judge refused Monday to release a San Diego woman
wanted in Michigan for allegedly escaping from prison 37 years ago on a
misdemeanor larceny conviction, giving prosecutors more time to obtain a
governor's warrant from Michigan to send her back to that state.

Attorneys for Judy Lynn Hayman told Judge Michael Smyth that she had her
sentence suspended in 1982 and has no time left to serve for the underlying
1976 charge.

Smyth granted prosecutors a 30-day delay to see if a governor's warrant
from Michigan arrives in San Diego. Prosecutors have up to 90 days to receive
the governor's warrant. In the meantime, Hayman remains held without bail.

“We've been working hard with Michigan authorities to get this cleared
up,” said Andrew Hillier, one of Hayman's attorneys.

Hillier said he and attorney Lisa Damiani are working with prosecutors
in Michigan to correct the official record and accurately reflect Hayman's
suspended sentence.

Hayman, 60, was arrested at her Balboa Park-area home Feb. 3. Police
said she admitted that Hayman was her name, but refused to admit that in court
until Monday.

On Feb. 7, she pleaded not guilty to a criminal complaint charging her
with being a fugitive from justice.

Michigan corrections officials said Hayman pleaded guilty in June 1976
to a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny in a building for trying to steal
clothes from a Detroit-area store and was sentenced to serve between 16 months
and two years in custody. Ten months later, she walked away from the Women's
Huron Valley Correctional Facility.

Damiani said Hayman went back to Michigan in 1982 to resolve the case,
and a judge suspended her sentence, essentially sentencing her to time already
served.

Hayman legally changed her name to Jamie Lewis in 1983.

In 1996, Hayman was arrested in Nevada. Authorities determined her
attempted larceny sentence had been suspended, and she was freed from custody,
according to Damiani.

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