(AURN) -- A former female Black Panther and later, Black Liberation Army member has become the first woman to be added to the list of the FBI's most wanted terrorists. Joanne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur) was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper 40 years ago.
She’s been on the run since 1979 when she escaped from prison and fled to Cuba. The FBI and other agencies have doubled a reward--to $2 million--for her capture. Chesimard is the aunt of slain rappar Tupak Shakur
40 years this month, Chesimard, Zayn Malik Shakur, and Sundiata Acoli were involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike when their vehicle was stopped for speeding by State Troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster.
Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of Foerster (pictured left) along with accomplice Sundiata Acoli in 1977. She was also convicted of seven felonies during the shootout, which included assault on a police officer, illegal possession of a firearm, and armed robbery.
In this YouTube video dated 2008, Chesimard talks about her treatment in prison and more.