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Patty Hearst

Posted on | November 3, 2009 | No Comments

Patty was a newspaper heiress, who was kidnapped in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army (hereinafter “SLA”). She was assaulted mentally, physically, and sexually by her captors. She was brainwashed into believing that she was part of the SLA, for which she was later diagnosed with Stockholm syndrome. In 1976 Hearst took part in a bank robbery with the SLA. At her trial she refused to name names. She was ultimately convicted of armed bank robbery and using a firearm during a felony; she was sentenced to 35 years, which was reduced to 7 years.

President Carter commuted her sentence and she was released from prison on February 1, 1979 after serving approximately 22 months in jail. On January 20, 2001, on his last day in office President Clinton granted Hearst a full pardon.

Patty Hearst

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