(Philadelphia Inquirer) A reward of up to $2 million was offered today for information leading to the capture of Joanne Chesimard, once a member of the Black Liberation Army, who was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper during a shootout 40 years ago.
The FBI already had been offering a reward of $1 million in the case. Officials today announced an additional $1 million bounty from the State of New Jersey on the anniversary of the slaying.
Chesimard was imprisoned but fled to Cuba after a daring escape in 1979 with the help of a group of accomplices that took two guards hostage. She has been named a Most Wanted Terrorist by the FBI and is the first woman to make the FBIs list of top terrorists.
Chesimard is the step-aunt of the late rap star Tupac Shakur.