Two Jessup inmates, therapist are indicted in prison escape

Feil accused of aiding, harboring convicts

June 29, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted yesterday the two convicts accused of escaping last month from a state prison in Jessup and the former prison psychologist suspected of helping them.

Elizabeth L. Feil, 43, of Annapolis was indicted on two counts each of being an accessory to escape after the fact and harboring an escaped prisoner. Convicted armed robber Byron L. Smoot, 38, with whom Feil is alleged to have had an affair and who was serving 29 years, was indicted on one count of escape. Convicted killer Gregory Lee Lawrence, 39, who was serving a life sentence, also was indicted on one count of escape.

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said he did not seek to indict Feil for hindering and obstructing the investigation because he felt the other charges covered that. Each accessory charge could mean five years in prison, and each harboring charge could bring one year in prison.

The maximum penalty for escape from state prison is 10 years.

The May 18 escape has drawn attention because it uncovered security defects at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, led to the firing of two guards and the transfer of the prison's warden, and ignited soap-opera-like warfare between Feil and her live-in boyfriend, Glenn Bosshard.

Feil, Smoot and Lawrence are expected to make their first Circuit Court appearances next month, and trials probably will be scheduled for later this year, Weathersbee said.

Maryland State Police said Feil and Smoot rented a room at a Pulaski Highway motel after the escape.

Lawrence's girlfriend, Geneva Viola Shadeed, 36, of Baltimore turned herself in to police last week to face the same charges as Feil.

Pub Date: 6/29/99

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