Captured fugitive felt invincible

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By Carol A. Clark

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of  a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as recounted by her during a jailhouse interview.

Wanted in two states, Leslie Kathryn Draper spent several weeks on the lam before her capture in Albuquerque by Los Alamos police March 31.

The 24-year-old, single mother of two is charged with drug trafficking and could receive a combined sentence of up to 43 years in prison.

“I never imagined this to get so big – it was just meant to be fun – to hang out,” Draper said during a June 22 jailhouse interview.

She spent two hours describing her loving parents and ideal childhood, how she graduated from a top high school and her acceptance to Duke University.

Draper also detailed a string of “dumb decisions,” she made that have altered her life forever.

“I think it came from that invincibility in high school – that we could do anything we wanted to do and get away with it because we made the grades,” she said. “It was just so fun in high school. It’s not like that anymore and I keep trying to make it that way.”

Draper graduated from The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, a prestigious institution designed for students pursuing advanced studies in math, science and the humanities.

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