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Michigan "fugitive" released after clerical error revealed

This picture was taken at her arraignment in San Diego last month.
This picture was taken at her arraignment in San Diego last month.

SAN DIEGO (WKZO) -- Somebody at the Michigan Department of Corrections owes Jamie Lewis an apology. The San Diego woman has spent the last five weeks in a San Diego jail, but she is now once again a free woman.

The 60-year-old was released from custody Friday.

She was picked up on a 1976 warrant out of Michigan, where prosecutors had claimed , as Judy Lynn Hayman, she walked away from a prison facility and had been on the lam for nearly four decades.

She had been fighting extradition back to Michigan.

Earlier this month, Lewis' attorney claimed she had gone back to Michigan in the early 80s and cleared up her record.

A 1982 judge's decision that Lewis/Hayman had already paid her debt to society was ultimately found. That judge declared her sentence ended with time served.

Apparently unaware of that decision, a corrections official with time on his hands because of this winter’s severe weather went back in the old fugitive files and began matching them up with FBI finger print records and got a hit that Lewis was living in San Diego.

He got the fugitive warrant issued, which has now been vacated.