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Air Force widow convicted of murder punished for escape

Posted May 17, 2010 3:04 p.m. EDT
Updated May 17, 2010 7:35 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.