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Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty to Escaping from Federal Custody

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on May 3, 2019, BARBARA MARCH, 73, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to escaping from federal custody.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October 2006, March was sentenced in the District of Columbia to 15 years of imprisonment for mailing baked goods laced with rat poison to Supreme Court justices, FBI officials and military leaders.  On April 26, 2018, March signed out of the halfway house in Washington, D.C., where she was completing her sentence, and failed to return as scheduled.  She was arrested in Bridgeport on October 9, 2018.

Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for June 24, 2019, at which time March faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.  March has been detained since her arrest.

On May 10, 2018, a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging March with one count of escape from custody.  The case was transferred to the District of Connecticut for further prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret E. Maigret.

Updated May 6, 2019