Sara Jane Olson (aka Kathleen Soliah), former member of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army, was released from prison in Chowchilla, California, yesterday. She avoided police and authorities for nearly a quarter of a century after bombing two Los Angeles police cars in 1975:
Olson should make sure to thank the liberal state of the California penal system, co-signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, for her early release. Amazing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After serving six years in prison for trying to bomb police cars in the 1970s, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson has been released on parole and reunited with the family she hid with for years.
Olson, 61, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, walked out of the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla on Monday, state Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Sessa said.
In 2001, Olson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to bomb Los Angeles police cars in 1975 with the SLA, the urban guerrilla group best known for kidnapping newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. She vanished soon after she was charged and reinvented herself as a Minnesota housewife.
Olson later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1975 shooting death of a customer during a bank robbery in Carmichael, near Sacramento. She was serving a concurrent, six-year sentence in that case.
Sessa said Thursday that Olson earned time for good behavior and "wasn't treated any differently than anybody else." He declined to discuss terms of her parole, citing security concerns.
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