Woman Gets 1 Year, 1 Day for Escape 35 Years Ago

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Ocala, FL (AP) - A Melbourne woman who escaped from an Ocala
prison 35 years ago has been sentenced to one year and one day for
the escape.

A Marion County judge sentenced 56-year-old Paula Eileen Carroll
Tuesday after she pleaded no contest to the escape charge.

The Florida Parole Commission voted in September to parole her
from the five-year sentence she received in 1975 for buying,
receiving or concealing stolen property. Carroll escaped after
serving two months of her original sentence and was not recaptured
until April of this year.

Carroll lived for years in Melbourne as Sharon Brown,
volunteering for the Boy Scouts and local public schools. Carroll
is married with three sons and eight grandchildren.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2010 at 07:00 PM
    gv.....she didn't do anyother crime while out!!! Please REREAD THE STORY. your nuts both of you. Amanda it seems you have a BRAIN to THINK with. VIC,JOE and anounymous geta life. Terry, you can't spell or WAS drunk when you posted.
  • by Amanda Location: Perry, FL on Nov 12, 2010 at 04:26 PM
    I think that one year is a long enough sentence for her crime. I can understand making dumb decissions at the age of 21. The women is now 56 and has obviously changed her life. People brake laws everyday and buying something stolen is a petty crime for the world we live in today. I do not look down on her for volunteering at the schools or boys and girls club. Since she has been there this long she is obviously making a good impact on the kids that she is around. Most of us at one time or another in our younger years have made wrong choices but we learn from our mistakes. I feel 5 yrs is way to long for the original crime she comitted. 1st time Drug trafficing charge only holds a 3 yrs sentence. All she did was buy something from someone that maybe she didnt even know was stolen. I think the problems she has went through to make a better life for her self has been a sentence in its self. She has been out there trying to do right in the world for the past 35 yrs.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Nov 12, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    I agree with Joe,she should have to do this time just for the escape,then serve out the rest of the time she had,and then serve time for all the other crimes she committed while she was out.She should be doing several years.
  • by Joe on Nov 10, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    So basically Vic what you are saying is if you commit a crime and are sentenced to do prison time, it is okay to escape (which is another crime!!), use a false name and SS# for 35 years (another crime!) and to volunteer at schools even though you are convicted felon (yet another crime!!) and you think the judge should have fined her and let her go. TSK TSK! Shame on you! If that is the case let's just give amnesty to all the other escaped criminals out there who are living under assumed names so they can all come out of hiding and live a "normal" life like this lady. I think not!! That is why we have a justice system and it is working...just look at this case. You do the crime, you do the time...that is the message here people! Thank you for some justice finally! Too many people get off with a slap on the wrist and they come right back in to the prisons. I applaud the judge for doing the right thing!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    Amen to the money waste point, vic -- 30 days max, given otherwise clean record... had she been busted 4 peddling dope last week, she would have walked 1st time -- bad 4 business to lock up too many dopers, don't ya know -- unless they are "non-union" -- then they get tough. Set up a controlled buy 999' distance to church or school...
  • by Vic Location: Tallahassee on Nov 10, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    35 years went by and no further arrests or problems. what a stupid judge and what a waste of tax paying money. Give her a fine 500.00 and close the case.
  • by terry Location: gainesville on Nov 9, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    i knod she did not go in front judge futch.he would have gave her life. i went in front of that drunken idiot with a 00 dollar bond he raised it to 2000. everyone said he had 4 dwi's that was in 98.
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