|Sara Jane Olson is being paroled after seven years in prison.|
California to release 1970s radical
SACRAMENTO - Sara Jane Olson, who was a fugitive for a quarter-century after attempting to kill Los Angeles police officers and participating in a deadly bank robbery near Sacramento, is scheduled to be released from a California prison tomorrow.
Olson, a former member of the radical group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army, is to be paroled after serving seven years in prison. But her bid for freedom is not ending quietly.
Police leagues in Los Angeles and Minnesota are objecting to the terms of her parole. Her attorneys are wary after Olson was mistakenly released and sent back to prison a year ago. And people in her home state have conflicting views about the return of a woman with two identities - a quiet, caring community volunteer and a domestic terrorist.
Olson was freed by California a year ago when correctional officials miscalculated her parole date. She was rearrested five days later as she was about to board a flight to Minnesota, where she lived as a fugitive.
Olson, 62, will be released from the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.
Police leagues in Los Angeles and Minnesota object to having her paroled to Minnesota. Both have written to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, urging him to have Olson serve her parole in California.