Convicted killer gets extra 3 years for prison escape

June 30, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The woman who killed a Baltimore bar bouncer in 1969 and spent 19 years on the run after breaking out of prison saw three years added to her life-plus-one-year sentence yesterday.

As her tearful family watched, a thin, pale Theresa Grosso, 55, smiled at relatives and returned to prison.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald B. Silkworth said he was showing consideration for the exemplary life Grosso led while a fugitive. But the relatives of her victim were angered that Grosso received clemency for raising a loving family -- something they said she prevented Melvin "Lucky" Luckart, a 29-year-old father, from doing.

Grosso, a former stripper on The Block in Baltimore, said little during the brief hearing.

After the hearing, Grosso's sisters described an abusive childhood and called her life in hiding exemplary, saying it showed that once in a decent environment, Grosso was a good person.

Pub Date: 6/30/99

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