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Anti-abortion Extremist Will Be Released

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    An anti-abortion activist who shot and wounded a Kansas abortion provider and firebombed clinics in Oregon and elsewhere has been released from prison to a halfway house to finish her sentence.  In 1993, Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon shot and wounded Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller as Tiller sat in his car.   Shannon was found guilty of attempted murder a Kansas state court.  Another extremist killed tiller in 2009.
    Shannon was also convicted in federal court for ten attacks at other abortion clinics using arson or acid.
    The Federal Correctional Institution in Waseca, Minnesota, confirmed Tuesday that Shannon was sent to a halfway house to complete a 20-year sentence for two Oregon cases. Her final release date is Nov. 7.
      Shannon has already completed an 11-year sentence for shooting Tiller.
    Tiller's clinic was purchased by Trust Women. Its founder, Julie Burkhart, says Shannon's release raises concerns about the safety of clinic workers.


 

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