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Would-Be Assassin Indicted on Escape Charge

January 5, 1988

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ A federal grand jury today indicted would-be presidential assassin Lynette ″Squeaky″ Fromme on an escape charge, a prosecutor said.

Fromme slipped away from the Alderson Federal Correctional Institution on Dec. 23, roaming in the rugged West Virginia hills for 40 hours before being caught on Christmas Day two miles from the prison.

″It’s pretty straightforward,″ Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Brandfass said of the indictment.

Froal sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted of the single charge of unlawful escape from a federal institution.

Alderson prison officials have refused to speculate on what prompted Fromme, who has refused to appear before parole boards, to escape.

Brandfass said the indictment does not mention a possible motive for Fromme’s escape, but he said motive would not be crucial to prosecution.

Fromme, described by a prison worker as a fitness buff, eluded about 100 searchers and tracking dogs during her bid for freedom. A prison road patrol eventually spotted her near a fishing camp, and she was taken into custody without a struggle.

Fromme remains under tight security at Alderson, prison officials said today. She is a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson.

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