Convicted killer indicted nearly 20 years after 4th escape from prison in Maryland

February 09, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A killer whose fourth escape from prison gave her nearly two decades of freedom was indicted yesterday in Anne Arundel County on one count of escape.

If convicted, Theresa Grosso, 54, would face a maximum penalty of 10 more years in prison. She was serving a life term for the September 1969 fatal shooting of Melvin "Lucky" Luckart, the doorman at a Waverly nightclub who refused to let her in.

A former dancer on Baltimore's Block, Grosso, who went from Florida to Hawaii and back since her escape in 1979, was turned in to Florida authorities by an acquaintance in December and brought back to Maryland. Though prosecuted as Grosso, her name was Bertha Theresa Marie Keene.

Her record of four escapes from Maryland prisons -- the earlier three were in 1971, 1972 and 1976 -- still stands. She is in solitary confinement at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, where she has resumed serving her life sentence and awaits trial on the escape charge.

Pub Date: 2/09/99

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