Wallace Assailant Earns Release

Man who fired bullet that paralyzed Alabama gov has served 35 years
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2007 4:26 PM CDT
This is a CBS photo from video taken immediately after the shooting of the Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama as he campaigned in Laurel, Md., May 16, 1972, for the Democratic nomination for president...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The man who shot George Wallace in 1972 and later called him a "segregationist dinosaur" will be released from prison later this year after serving 35 years of a 53-year sentence, the AP reports. The Alabama governor was forced to drop out of the presidential race after a bullet fired by Arthur Bremer, now 57, left his legs paralyzed.

Bremer has been incarcerated in Maryland since shooting Wallace and three bystanders during a campaign stop. He has previously been denied parole in part because he refused psychological evaluation. Wallace, who was reelected governor twice, died in 1998. Wallace's son told the Mobile Press-Register today that like his father, he's "forgiven Arthur Bremer."