Feds: Bridgeport woman who mailed poisoned baked goods walked away from halfway house

May 6, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — A 73-year-old woman who did prison time for mailing baked goods laced with rat poison to federal officials faces up to five more years behind bars for allegedly walking away from a halfway house last year.

In a prepared statement, U.S. Attorney John Durham said the woman, Barbara March, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Kari A. Dooley to one count of escaping from federal custody.

Durham said that in October 2006, March was sentenced in the District of Columbia to 15 years in prison “for mailing baked goods laced with rat poison to Supreme Court justices, FBI officials and military leaders.”

Durham said that last April March signed out of a Washington, D.C. halfway house where she was completing her sentence and failed to return as scheduled.

March was arrested in Bridgeport last October and has been detained since, Durham said.

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