Sara Jane Moore, one of two women who tried to assassinate Gerald Ford in 1975, was released on parole today after serving thirty-one years of a life sentence. Moore was imprisoned in 1976 after pleading guilty to attempted assassination of the then President of the United States. She fired at Ford with a .38 caliber revolver following his address to a World Affairs Council at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on September 22, 1975.

Moore’s efforts were thwarted by Oliver Sipple. The former marine grabbed her arm, causing the shot to ricochet off the hotel, missing Ford. Moore’s attempted assassination was the second in 17 days for the President. The first attempt came on September 5, 1975 by a member of the Charles Manson Family, Lynette Fromme, who was tackled to the ground before she could fire. Fromme is also serving a life sentence for attempted assassination.

Moore expressed to the press in 2006, follow Ford’s death, that she was “very glad” that she hadn’t succeeded in her attempt on his life. She sited her radical political convictions as the motivation for the crime, having become involved with radical leftists in the 1970s. She further stated that she knew she was wrong to try.

Deus Ex Machina blogs at Breakable News

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