Wife Of Suspected Terrorist Convicted of Harboring Fugitive
Feb. 26, 1985
CLEVELAND (AP) _ A woman was convicted Monday of harboring her fugitive husband, a suspected terrorist who was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list until his arrest last fall.
A U.S. District Court jury also found Patricia Gros, wife of Raymond Luc Levasseur, guilty of three counts of possession of false identification, including a stolen Social Security card.
Government attorneys said she broke the law when she used a series of aliases to help conceal her husband's identity from authorities for more than eight years.
No sentencing date was set for Ms. Gros after the verdicts were read by U.S. District Judge David Dowd. Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Edwards said she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the four counts.
Levasseur and Ms. Gros were arrested Nov. 4, 1984, in a van with their three young daughters near their home in Deerfield Township in northern Ohio.
The couple and three other people arrested in Cleveland the same day have been linked by the FBI to an anti-U.S. terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for several bombings on the East Coast since the late 1970s.
Levasseur has been returned to Maine for trial on two 1975 bank robberies.
Ms. Gros' trial included four days of testimony from government witnesses. The defense did not call any witnesses. The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning the verdicts Monday afternoon.
Government attorneys said Ms. Gros and Levasseur used various false identities while living in ''safe houses'' in several states.
In closing arguments Monday, attorney Christopher Stanley said Ms. Gros is guilty only of being a good mother and of trying to protect her daughters, ages 9, 6 and 4.
John Lawson, who also represented Ms. Gros, said he had not discussed an appeal of the verdict with Ms. Gros yet.