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Symbionese Liberation Army member released on parole

May 10, 2009 |  2:19 pm

James William Kilgore, the last imprisoned member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was released on parole today from a northern California prison.

Kilgore, 61, was arrested in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2002 in connection with a bank robbery and murder in Sacramento in 1975, said Oscar Hidalgo of the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Kilgore had been on the run ever since.

Hidalgo said Kilgore served a two-year federal sentence from 2004 to 2006 for possession of an explosive device and making false statements on an application for a passport. In 2006 he began a six-year sentence for second-degree murder.

He was released at 12:20 a.m. Sunday morning from High Desert State Prison in Susanville, near the border with Nevada and about 180 miles northeast of Sacramento.

The SLA earned notoriety after kidnapping Patricia (Patty) Hearst in 1974.

Kilgore is the last of five captured members to be released from custody, and will serve his parole term in Illinois where his wife lives, Hidalgo said.

Emily Montague-Harris was paroled in 2007, William Taylor Harris and Michael Alexander Bortin were paroled in 2006, and Sara Jane Olson was released in March of this year.

--Ari B. Bloomekatz