Squeaky Fromme, Would-Be Ford Assassin, Released From Prison : It's All Politics Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a would-be assassin of President Ford in 1975, has been released from prison.
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Squeaky Fromme, Would-Be Ford Assassin, Released From Prison

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson who made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford, has been released from prison.

On Sept. 5, 1975, Fromme -- then nearly 27 years old -- pointed a gun at Ford in Sacramento. She was immediately stopped by the Secret Service (though, for the record, there was no bullet in the gun's firing chamber) and was sentenced to life in prison. Now 60 years old, Fromme was released this morning from the Federal Medical Center near Fort Worth, Texas.

Manson remains in prison for his role in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and three other people. Ford died three years ago. Seventeen days after Fromme's action, Ford was the target of another assassination attempt, in San Francisco, by Sara Jane Moore. Moore, also sentenced to life in prison, was released on Dec. 31, 2007.