MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A Melbourne woman who escaped from an Ocala prison 35 years ago will be paroled for the charges that landed her in prison, but she still faces a charge for the escape.
The Florida Parole Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to release 56-year-old Paula Eileen Carroll on Oct. 17. But Prosecutors in Marion County, where the Ocala prison is located, have charged her with escape and offered her a plea deal of one year and one day in prison.
Carroll was sentenced to five years in prison on July 18, 1975, on charges of buying, receiving or concealing stolen property. She and another inmate disappeared on Sept. 3, 1975. The other inmate was recaptured, but Carroll wasn't found until this April.
Carroll's attorney says she hasn't decided whether to accept the plea deal.