Sara Jane Olson to serve parole in Minn.?

MINNEAPOLIS Olson is a former member of the 1970s radical group known as the /*Symbionese Liberation Army*/. At that time, she went by the name of /*Kathleen Soliah*/. She was a fugitive in Minnesota for 25 years until her 1999 arrest in St. Paul. She pleaded guilty to the attempted bombings of L.A. police cars in the 1970s, and the shooting death of a customer during a 1975 robbery at a Sacramento area bank.

Olson was mistakenly paroled a year ago, then taken back into custody as she was about to board a plane for Minnesota.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has objected to Olson's possible parole transfer to Minnesota, calling it "kid glove treatment" by California officials. The league's president Paul Weber writes, "We do not believe the state of Minnesota has sufficient interest in ensuring Ms. Soliah complies with the terms of her parole."

California corrections officials say they expect to reach a decision on whether Olson will be returned to Minnesota, before her release on March 17.


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