Error Sends Former Radical Back to Jail

5 days after Olson's release, prison officials cite clerical mistake
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 10:12 PM CDT
Error Sends Former Radical Back to Jail
Sara Jane Olson is seen in a Los Angeles courtroom in a Jan. 18, 2002, file photo.    (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Five days after her release from prison, police today re-arrested a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army and said she had to serve another year. Authorities said they made a clerical error and freed Sara Jane Olson too soon, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Olson, 61, had served six years of a 14-year sentence for plotting to blow up police cars in 1975.

Olson, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, also was serving time for her role in a bank robbery the same year in which a customer died. She had lived for years as a fugitive and a Minnesota housewife before her arrest in 1999. Her parole Monday outraged law-enforcement officials and triggered the clerical review, the Los Angeles Times notes. Her lawyer accused the corrections department of bowing to police pressure. (Read more Sara Jane Olson stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.