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May 19, 1987
Jury deliberations began after final prosecution and defense arguments were presented in the federal escape trial of convicted con man Ronald McIntosh and his prison girlfriend, convicted bank robber Samantha Lopez, whom he flew to freedom in a stolen helicopter after making his own escape. The pair were re-arrested 10 days after the dramatic escape, and defended their actions by saying that Lopez's life was in danger from prison guards who considered her a troublemaker.
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January 31, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The aged mother of Ronald McIntosh, a California man serving a 25-year sentence for plucking his inmate lover out of prison in a dramatic helicopter escape in 1986, has been charged with helping her son in a new escape plot, authorities said Tuesday. Margaret McIntosh, 76, of Seattle, has been charged with conspiring to help her son escape from San Mateo County Jail. Also charged in the case is Ernest Lail, who was a cellmate of Ronald McIntosh's at the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kan.
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July 19, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The bride wore a gray polyester suit, and so did the groom. The lovers were escorted to the private ceremony by U.S. marshals. Ronald McIntosh and Dorinda Samantha Lopez, the sweethearts who made an audacious helicopter escape from the federal prison at Pleasanton last November, were married Friday at the U.S. Courthouse by a former prison chaplain they had met at Pleasanton, McIntosh's lawyer, Judd C. Iversen, said Saturday.
NEWS
July 27, 1987
The diamond pendant and other jewelry that led to the capture of "prison lovebirds," who engineered a daring prison helicopter escape in order to be together, has been sold at auction, authorities reported. In a federal bankruptcy court auction in Oakland, jewelry owned by Ronald McIntosh and Samantha Lopez, who escaped from a federal prison in Pleasanton, but recaptured 10 days later, were snapped up in five minutes.
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Before her lover flew her out of a federal prison in a stolen helicopter, Samantha Dorinda Lopez was struck several times by guards, handed a pack of razor blades and told to kill herself, and warned by the warden that "accidents happen," her lawyer said Tuesday.
NEWS
May 3, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Ron McIntosh, by all accounts, is a very good salesman. A few years ago, he made $4,000 in commissions in one month by selling cars, and then he helped found a company that sold $18 million worth of investments in gold and silver in 18 months. It was an impressive feat except that he broke securities law and landed in prison for the second time. The question now is whether McIntosh's sales skills remain intact.
NEWS
May 20, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
A jury found prison lovers Ronald McIntosh and Dorinda Lopez guilty Tuesday of their dramatic helicopter escape, rejecting the defense that she was being threatened with death and that McIntosh thought he had to "rescue" her. The jury took two hours to reject their so-called necessity defenses--that Lopez uncovered corruption and was threatened by prison officials, and that McIntosh thought he had no choice but to escape and return to rescue her.
NEWS
July 18, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Ronald McIntosh, the prison escapee who commandeered a helicopter and freed his sweetheart from the Pleasanton federal penitentiary, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison, and his companion, Dorinda Lopez, was sentenced to five years. U.S. District Judge Eugene F. Lynch called the crime "very, very serious," and seemed unmoved by Lopez's tearful plea for mercy for McIntosh. McIntosh, a twice-convicted con man, tried to speak to the judge, but broke into tears and could not continue.
NEWS
January 31, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The aged mother of Ronald McIntosh, a California man serving a 25-year sentence for plucking his inmate lover out of prison in a dramatic helicopter escape in 1986, has been charged with helping her son in a new escape plot, authorities said Tuesday. Margaret McIntosh, 76, of Seattle, has been charged with conspiring to help her son escape from San Mateo County Jail. Also charged in the case is Ernest Lail, who was a cellmate of Ronald McIntosh's at the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kan.
NEWS
July 19, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The bride wore a gray polyester suit, and so did the groom. The lovers were escorted to the private ceremony by U.S. marshals. Ronald McIntosh and Dorinda Samantha Lopez, the sweethearts who made an audacious helicopter escape from the federal prison at Pleasanton last November, were married Friday at the U.S. Courthouse by a former prison chaplain they had met at Pleasanton, McIntosh's lawyer, Judd C. Iversen, said Saturday.
NEWS
July 18, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Ronald McIntosh, the prison escapee who commandeered a helicopter and freed his sweetheart from the Pleasanton federal penitentiary, was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison, and his companion, Dorinda Lopez, was sentenced to five years. U.S. District Judge Eugene F. Lynch called the crime "very, very serious," and seemed unmoved by Lopez's tearful plea for mercy for McIntosh. McIntosh, a twice-convicted con man, tried to speak to the judge, but broke into tears and could not continue.
NEWS
May 20, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
A jury found prison lovers Ronald McIntosh and Dorinda Lopez guilty Tuesday of their dramatic helicopter escape, rejecting the defense that she was being threatened with death and that McIntosh thought he had to "rescue" her. The jury took two hours to reject their so-called necessity defenses--that Lopez uncovered corruption and was threatened by prison officials, and that McIntosh thought he had no choice but to escape and return to rescue her.
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Before her lover flew her out of a federal prison in a stolen helicopter, Samantha Dorinda Lopez was struck several times by guards, handed a pack of razor blades and told to kill herself, and warned by the warden that "accidents happen," her lawyer said Tuesday.
NEWS
May 3, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Ron McIntosh, by all accounts, is a very good salesman. A few years ago, he made $4,000 in commissions in one month by selling cars, and then he helped found a company that sold $18 million worth of investments in gold and silver in 18 months. It was an impressive feat except that he broke securities law and landed in prison for the second time. The question now is whether McIntosh's sales skills remain intact.
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