SLA Mem­ber Olson to Serve Full Term for Bomb At­tempts

The Washington Post Sunday - - National News -

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.

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