NEW: Charles Manson Follower Released From Prison

Crime, Law and JusticeJails and PrisonsGerald FordLynette FrommeCharles Manson

The woman who pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford has been released from federal custody.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme walked out of the Federal Medical Center Carswell in FortWorth, Texas early Friday morning.

She was convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California in 1975.

Ford was not hurt because Secret Service agents grabbed Fromme before a shot could be fired.

Fromme was the first person sentenced under a law covering assaults on U.S. presidents, which was enacted after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, was just 26 years old when she pulled the weapon on Ford.

She was sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole.

Fromme spent more than three decades behind bars. She is now 60 years old.

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