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Boudin given 20 years to life

By ANDREW BLUM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Repentant radical Kathy Boudin was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison for her role in the 1981 Brink's armored car robbery that left an armed guard and two policemen dead.

The former Weather Undergound leader received the sentence for pleading guilty to second-degree murder and was given a concurrent 12-to-25 year term for robbery. She will be eligible for parole in 17 years, when she will be 58.

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Before her guilty plea she faced 75 years to life on 13 counts.

'I want to express my sorrow for the deaths of Sgt. Edward O'Grady and patrolman Waverly Brown directly to the family members who are here today and continue to grieve their loss,' said Ms. Boudin.

But she said she was still committed to political change and 'my ideals give me strength, today, as well as yesterday and tomorrow.'

Diane O'Grady, widow of O'Grady, denounced Ms. Boudin's remorse.

'The events involving Kathy Boudin have left me with feelings of extreme anger and frustration,' she said. 'Regardless of her claimed remorse, in my heart I believe Kathy Boudin knowingly and willingly took part in all aspects of this horrible crime that took the lives of three innocent men, including my husband, Ed.'

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Friends and relatives of Ms. Boudin and the victims crowded into the Westchester County courtroom for sentencing before Judge David Ritter.

The sentence for Ms. Boudin, 40, who has a 3-year-old son, includes time served. She pleaded guilty to participating in the $1.6 million heist of a Brink's armored car in Nanuet, N.Y., on Oct. 20, 1981.

'I was there out of my commitment to the black liberation struggle,' she said. 'I am a white person who does not want the crimes committed against black people to be carried in my name.'

Ms. Boudin will serve time at Bedford Correctional Facility for Women, which has a visiting room for children and already houses co-defendant Judith Clark.

Rockland County District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz said he was satisfied with the sentence but called Ms. Boudin's methods 'vile and despicable.'

Her husband, David Gilbert, last fall was sentenced to 75 years to life for participating in the robbery and her sentence left only co-defendant Samuel Brown, 43, to stand trial.

Black Liberation Army member Kuwasi Balagoon and Ms. Clark were convicted last fall.

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