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Woman who tried to kill Ford is released

world Updated: Jan 01, 2008 12:55 IST

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Sara Jane Moore, who took a shot at former President Gerald Ford in a bizarre 1975 assassination attempt, was paroled from a California prison.

Moore, 77, had served 32 years of a life sentence when she was released from the federal prison in Dublin, east of San Francisco, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.

Bureau spokeswoman Felicia Ponce said she had no details on why Moore was released. Moore was 40 feet away from Ford outside a hotel in San Francisco when she fired a shot at him on September 22, 1975. As she raised her .38-caliber revolver and pulled the trigger, Oliver Sipple, a disabled former Marine standing next to her, pushed up her arm. The bullet flew over Ford's head by several feet.

In recent interviews, Moore said she regretted her actions, saying she was blinded by her radical political views.