FORT WORTH, Texas – Charles Manson follower Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who was convicted of trying to assassinate former President Gerald Ford, is out of prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars.
Fromme, a Manson family member, was released from a Texas prison hospital on Friday, according to federal officials. Now 60, she left the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth at about 8 a.m., Carswell spokeswoman Dr. Maria Douglas said in a statement.
Fromme was just 26 years old when she pointed a semiautomatic .45- caliber pistol at Ford in September 1975 in Sacramento, Calif.
Secret Service agents grabbed her and Ford was unhurt.
Travel arrangements after her release won't be made public, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.
Fromme first became eligible for parole in 1985 but did not seek release.
Fromme, who got a life term, became the first person sentenced under a special federal law covering assaults on U.S. presidents, a statute enacted after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Ford was walking to the California State Capitol from his hotel when Fromme pushed through the crowd, drew the pistol from a holster on her thigh and pointed it at the president as he shook hands with well-wishers.
She was restrained by Secret Service agents who wrested the gun away from her and led the president to safety.
Fromme was granted parole in July 2008 and released "via good conduct time" after completing a 15-month sentence for unlawful escape from a federal correctional institution, according to the statement.
That sentence was being served consecutively after a life sentence for threats against the president.
She escaped from a women's prison in Alderson, West Virginia, on Dec. 23, 1987, and was recaptured about two miles away on Christmas Day after a massive search.
She was sentenced to an additional 15 months in prison for the escape. Fromme had said she escaped from prison to be closer to Manson.
It was unclear why Fromme was at Carswell, a facility that specializes in providing medical and mental health services to female offenders. A spokeswoman for the bureau of prisons did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment.
"I knew someday she would be released," said John Virga, the Sacramento attorney who handled her trial.
Fromme served time in at least two other facilities before Carswell.
Manson is serving a life term in San Quentin in California for the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and eight others. Fromme, one of his "family" of followers, was not implicated in those attacks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.