Former SLA Members Plead to Murder Charges

Four former members of the Symbionese Liberation Army pleaded guilty to second degree murder today in Sacramento. The four include Sara Jane Olson, William Harris, Emily Harris Montague and Michael Bortin.

The charges were brought against the former SLA members earlier this year alleging their participation in a 1975 bank robbery in which a woman was killed. All four were originally charged with first degree murder which carries a life sentence. Under the plea deal, Emily Harris, who police believe was the "shooter" will get eight years and the others will get six.

Sara Jane Olson, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, is already serving a 14 year sentence which was imposed after her guilty plea to aiding and abetting the group's plotting to plant bombs under Los Angeles police cars.

Patty Hearst would have been the state's star witness had the case gone to trial. Sentencing is set for Feb. 14.

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