She sold 3 grams of heroin to an undercover state trooper and received a 10 to 20 year drug sentence.
But after she'd served only 14 months, Lefevre escaped.
That was 1976. She fled to California, married and raised three children, living a comfortable life as Marie Walsh, wife of a Waste Management executive.
But last year, on a trip, the FBI arrested her and and she was sent back to prison for a year. Tuesday she was released on parole.
Michigan Department of Corrections officials said it made no sense for LeFevre to serve out the rest of her sentence, when she has been rehabilitated.
Lefevre, 54, returned home to San Diego to her family, who apparently knew nothing about her criminal past.
Her husband, Alan Walsh said the family was threatened by something that happened to her as a 19-year-old and he supports his wife.