Foiled Ford assassin sorry about his death

Jan. 3, 2007 at 11:30 AM
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DUBLIN, Calif., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- One of two women who tried to assassinate former U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975, Sara Jane Moore, says from her California prison cell she's sorry he died.

Moore, 76, spoke with KGO-TV, San Francisco, about her radical political motivation in the San Francisco attack, and her feelings about Ford's death from natural causes last week at the age of 93.

"I was functioning I think purely on adrenalin and not thinking clearly," Moore said. "I have often said that I had put blinders on and I was only listening to what I wanted to hear."

She said she never wished for Ford's death, which could possibly help gain early parole in her life sentence at a federal women's prison in Dublin, Calif.

"People kept saying he would have to die before I could be released and I did not want my release from prison to be dependent on somebody, on something happening to somebody else, so I wanted him to live to be 100," she said.

Moore's attempt on Ford came just 17 days after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme tried to gun down Ford in Sacramento. She too is serving a life sentence.

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