TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state police hope that the U.S. plans to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba will help bring about the capture and return of a woman convicted in the slaying of a state trooper more than 40 years ago.
Joanne Chesimard was convicted of murdering Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.
But she escaped from but escaped from prison and eventually ended up in Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro and has been living under the name Assata Shakur.
State authorities have made numerous efforts to extradite Chesimard, who remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List. The FBI and the State Police are offering $2 million for information leading to her capture.