SLA Member Olson to Serve Full Term for Bomb Attempts
LOS ANGELES — Sara Jane Olson, the former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, who hid for years as an ordinary housewife, must serve her original prison sentence of 14 years for trying to bomb police cars, a California appeals court panel has ruled.
In 2001 Olson pleaded guilty to the 1975 attempts with the SLA, the group best known for kidnapping newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst.
The state Board of Prison Terms had reduced Olson’s sentence by a year. But the state attorney general’s office appealed that decision, and an appeals court panel restored her full sentence Thursday. It ruled that a lower court had not followed proper procedure when it allowed Olson to appeal her sentence.
Olson also pleaded guilty in 2003 to second-degree murder in connection with the 1975 shooting death of a customer during a bank robbery in Carmichael, near Sacramento. She is serving six years in that case.
Olson disappeared from California after being charged in the attempted bombings.
She was caught 24 years later when her minivan was pulled over by police near her St. Paul, Minn., home. She had changed her name and was living as a housewife with her husband and three school-age daughters.