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Source: Ex-Fugitive Forgoes Parole

March 6, 1998

BOSTON (AP) _ A woman who spent 23 years as a fugitive before turning herself in for her role in the slaying of a police officer withdrew her request for parole Thursday evening, the officer’s family said.

Katherine Ann Power has spent the last 4 1/2 years in prison. She went before a parole board Thursday night to request her release.

But after a three-hour hearing, Power withdrew her request, according to Clare Schroeder, daughter of the slain officer.

Power’s parole hearing was closed to the media.

``I believe she did the right thing,″ Schroeder said. ``I and my family are all relieved.″

A representative of the parole board could not be immediately reached for comment and Power’s attorney, who was not in the room during the hearing, could not immediately confirm that his client had withdrawn her request.

During the fatal bank robbery in September 1970, Power, then a Brandeis University student, waited several blocks away in the ``switch car″ used for the getaway.

The heist didn’t go as planned, and Boston Police Officer Walter A. Schroeder _ the father of nine _ was shot to death.

After the robbery, Power, now 48, went underground, eventually settling near Corvallis, Ore., teaching and working as a chef under the alias Alice Metzinger. She married and bore a son, Jaime, now 18.

In September 1993, Power turned herself in to Massachusetts police.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 8 to 12 years in prison.

Power was originally eligible for parole on Jan. 25, 1999, but good behavior in prison pushed up her eligibility date to May 7.

Clare Schroeder, a retired police sergeant, has said that Power deserves to spend more time in jail for her crime.

``Given her background, given what I know of her intelligence, if anything, those issues make her even more accountable,″ Schroeder said.

Power’s attorney, James Doyle, said his client has described her remorse and personal responsibility for her crime in a six-page statement. He would not release that document.

In a prepared statement released before Thursday’s hearing, Doyle said the media frenzy surrounding her surrender obscured her desire to pay for her crime.

``She turned herself in to accept responsibility, submit to authority and express her remorse, and now she wants to communicate her remorse face-to-face, not through lawyers and media organizations,″ the statement said.