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Air Force widow convicted of murder punished for escape

Posted May 17, 2010

— A military wife who got plastic surgery and moved to Florida to evade authorities after plotting to kill her husband is now in trouble for allegedly trying to escape from prison.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Correction said Monday that Michelle Theer was given 45 days' punishment for an April 26 infraction for escape, even though she never left prison.

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Prison officials intercepted maps mailed to her of the area surrounding the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women in Raleigh, the spokesman said.

Theer, 41, is serving a life sentence there for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Dec. 17, 2000, shooting death of her husband, Air Force Capt. Marty Theer.

The DOC spokesman said no one will face charges for sending the maps, but that the individual who sent them is not allowed to have anymore contact or visits with Theer. He declined to identify who that individual is.

U.S. Marshals captured Theer in Fort Lauderdale in August 2002 after she had been on the run for several months. At the time of her arrest, she had changed her name, her hairstyle and had plastic surgery, and authorities found information in her apartment about how to obtain a new identity.

Prosecutors said Theer had been having an affair with former Army Staff Sgt. John Diamond and that they had conspired to kill her husband. Diamond was convicted of shooting him five times outside his wife's office.

Since her conviction in December 2004, prison officials have given Theer 11 other infractions for violations such as disobeying orders, unauthorized use of phone and mail, and profane language.


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  • Ladybug May 17, 2010

    Did she get life?

  • amyrn May 17, 2010

    Isn't she in Maximum Security? Isn't that the only Maximum Security prison in the state for women? That's where they've kept all those other women that have killed their husbands.

  • pwilliamson53 May 17, 2010

    Put her in a max security unit, where she can't or won't escape to endanger anyone else. With all her infractions, she might need to be put by herself 24/7.

  • wildcat May 17, 2010

    other infractions for violations such as disobeying orders, unauthorized use of phone and mail, and profane language.

    Take all of the above priveleges away for a year. See how she behaves then.

  • wildcat May 17, 2010

    They should give her another 30 years.

  • wildcat May 17, 2010

    She is not a model inmate. She is a top escape prisoners. No pats on her back. She don't deserve nothing otherwise. She is a murderer.

  • wildcat May 17, 2010

    She has issues and they should put her in a max security unit.

  • OpenM1nd May 17, 2010

    Sounds like a model inmate.

  • BEACH May 17, 2010

    well that is to bad, hope she gets more

  • oldrwizr May 17, 2010

    Profane language? OMG, you mean she cusses? LOL