Escapee's girlfriend surrenders

Police say she helped in break from Jessup prison

Second woman charged

Boyfriend, convicted of murder, shared cell with robber

June 25, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

The girlfriend of a convicted killer has been charged with helping her lover and his cellmate escape last month from the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, state police said yesterday.

Geneva Viola Shadeed, 36, of Baltimore surrendered late Wednesday and was charged with two counts of harboring a prison escapee and two counts of being an accessory after the fact. She was released on her own recognizance.

Shadeed, girlfriend of Gregory Lee Lawrence, is the second woman arrested in the double escape. Last month, state police charged former prison psychologist Elizabeth L. Feil, the therapist and girlfriend of the cellmate, armed robber Byron Smoot.

State police allege the women knew about their boyfriends' May 18 escape plan. Shadeed admitted to an FBI agent that she called Feil after the escape to tell her that "everything was in motion."

Feil has denied prior knowledge of the jailbreak. She said in an interview two weeks ago that she first heard about it when a newly freed Smoot paged her. He entered the number of a pay phone in front of a liquor store less than a mile from the prison and his secret code -- 007.

However, Feil admitted picking up the escapees -- both bloody from scrambling over the prison's razor wire fencing -- and driving them from the liquor store to the Townhouse Motel on Reisterstown Road.

Motel records show that Feil paid $44.25 for Room 214. Several calls were placed to Shadeed about 11: 30 p.m. from the room, state police said. Shadeed drove from her two-story apartment in East Baltimore to the motel after the calls.

She took Lawrence to the Regal Inn on Pulaski Highway and paid cash for a room, according to police.

It was his first night of freedom in 21 years. Lawrence is serving a life sentence for shooting and robbing a North Baltimore man. After the killing, Lawrence stole his shoes.

Smoot -- in recent letters to The Sun -- said he and Feil stayed up most of the night in their room bandaging his wounds. He also composed a poem, "Tomorrow's Sorrow," for Feil.

The next morning, Feil drove to her office at Life Care Associates in Towson and Smoot joined Lawrence at the Regal Inn.

When she called to check in with her live-in boyfriend in Annapolis, Glenn Bosshard, he told her that the state police wanted to speak with her. Prison records showed that Feil had visited Smoot 58 times in the seven months he had been incarcerated there.

That interview with Feil led police to the Townhouse Motel. Using phone records obtained from the motel, state police, aided by the FBI's fugitive task force, tracked down Shadeed.

When interviewed the next morning, she told police that Smoot and Lawrence were hiding at the Regal Inn. They arrested Smoot there later that afternoon.

Lawrence was arrested at another girlfriend's apartment in Baltimore.

Shadeed, a nurse's assistant, met Lawrence this year through a mutual friend and inmate at the prison. The two began chatting on the phone. She told police she was unaware he was serving a life sentence for murder.

Prison records show that Shadeed corresponded with other inmates. The mother of two girls, she works at a nursing home. Neighbors described her as a "kind woman who keeps to herself."

Lawrence, who has three Web sites on the Internet at http: //pri sonpenpals.com, describes himself as a "very loyal friend." He says he is "comfortable with a mature female short or tall of any race," that he is skilled at stock analysis, real estate, gemology and political science.

"Status single," his personal page declares, "never married, no children could relocate." He says he is interested in outdoor adventures, but that "the warden won't allow fishing, boating and hiking."

His goals, according to his Web site, are to "meet a special woman" and to have his "conviction overturned by the Supreme Court."

He is being held in solitary confinement at the state's maximum-security prison in Baltimore. Smoot is also there, writing a book, "Opposite Sides: From Jailbreak to Heartbreak." It is the story of his love affair with Feil.

Research librarian Jean Packard contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 6/25/99

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