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Manson 'family' member released

Lynette Fromme
Fromme attempted to escape from prison in 1987

A follower of 1960s cult leader Charles Manson has been freed from jail after serving nearly 34 years for trying to kill then-President Gerald Ford.

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, 60, was convicted in 1975.

She was freed from the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, at about 0800 (1400BST) on Friday.

She was not involved in the 1969 Manson "family" murder of actress Sharon Tate. Manson himself is serving life for murdering Ms Tate and eight others.

Fromme received a life sentence for pointing a gun at Mr Ford at an event in Sacramento, California.

Secret service agents managed to restrain Fromme and Mr Ford was unhurt in the incident.

She was the first person to be convicted under a special federal law governing attempted assaults on US presidents, established after the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy.

In 1987, Fromme briefly escaped from the West Virginia prison where she was being held, saying she wanted to be closer to Manson.



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