Friday, March 21, 2008

Former SLA Member Sara Jane Olson Released From Prison

Former SLA Member Sara Jane Olson Released From Prison
Associated Press

The former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive who hid for years by posing as an ordinary housewife has been released from prison after serving time for trying to bomb police cars, corrections officials said Thursday.

Sara Jane Olson, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, walked out of the Central Women's Facility in Chowchilla on Monday, said Bill Sessa, a state Department of Corrections spokesman. In 2001, Olson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to bomb police cars in 1975 with the SLA, the group best known for kidnapping newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst.

Olson vanished soon after she was charged in the attempted bombings and reinvented herself as a Minnesota housewife. Olson later pleaded guilty in 2003 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.

"Like all inmates in her circumstance, she earned time for her good behavior in prison, she wasn't treated any differently than anybody else," Sessa said. He declined to discuss terms of her parole, citing security concerns. Olson's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said her client was spending time with her family, who came to California to be with her. Olson still needed to work out the terms of her parole and whether she will be able to return to Minnesota, Holley said. "Every time I've spoken with her, she just sounds happy and relieved, and happy to be with her family," Holley said.

Olson was caught in 1999 when her minivan was pulled over by police near her home in St. Paul, Minn. She had changed her name and was living with a husband and three school-age daughters. After she was returned to California for trial, Olson pleaded guilty to the attempted bombings.

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers was dismayed her release. "She needs to serve her full time in prison for these crimes and does not deserve time-off for working in prison," Los Angeles Police Protective League President Tim Sands said in a statement.


Blogger FairestWitness said...

This person should have spent the rest of her life in prison. How dare we allow a terrorist and killer to earn time off her sentence for good behavior. What the hell kind of justice is that?

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't justice fairest, its ''just us'', the average American who gets screwed. No one seems to remember when these ''revolutinaries'' held up that bank, with Patty hearst in tow, they killed an ''average housewife and mother'' who was doing nothing more mundane than making a deposit. This woman should have been used as an organ donor years ago if she was so anxious to help the ''oppressed''. J"Mac.

3:17 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yes, FW--who in the hell CAN'T have 'good behavior' in prison--they're behind barbed-wire/electrified fences, brick walls, and armed guards! They're isolated from normal, law abiding society! I'm not worried about their behavior in prison--it's out here with the rest of us--where they've already killed--that worries me.

5:44 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

How did a known SLA member, a dangerous SLA member, manage to get out of jail early????

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was good wife and mother to her Minnesota family.

They loved her and needed her. She never did anything wrong in the role of housewife and mother.

She got caught up in something she didn't fully understand when young. I don't believe she, herself, killed anyone.

I think she learned what she needed to learn to live the life of a good citizen.

I hope she will be able to resume the family life she was forced to leave, and that she fares well from now on.

3:53 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Anonymous, what about the mother who was brutally murdered during the crime Sara Jane Olson participated in? Just because the death of this woman came at the hands of one of her accomplices doesn't make her any less guilty. She was a part of it and I feel no sympathy for her. She may have changed, she have turned her life around and become a model citizen. But she didn't have the right to that life until after she'd paid society for the life she took. She got off way too easy for the suffering she caused another family whose children lost their mother. Or don't they count, in your opinion? They sure do in my book, they count for everything.

4:33 AM  
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