James Kilgore's sentencing delayed

The sentencing of the final former Symbionese Liberation Army member to plead guilty in a 1975 deadly bank robbery was postponed on Friday.

James Kilgore’s sentencing was delayed until October 31 because federal authorities haven’t sentenced him for a 1970s passport violation.

Kilgore, 56, pleaded guilty May 13 to second-degree murder in the shotgun killing of bank customer Myrna Opsahl during a robbery in the Carmichael suburb that netted the SLA $15 000.

Under his plea agreement, Kilgore, a university professor arrested late last year in South Africa after 20 years as a fugitive, will serve six years in state prison. Married and father of two sons, Kilgore, a California native, was living under the name of William Charles Pape.

Four other former members of the SLA, a notorious band of California revolutionaries who made headlines with the 1973 capture of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, pleaded guilty in November and are serving similar sentences. Among them, Emily Montague (56) said she accidentally fired the shotgun that killed the 42-year-old Opsahl, who was depositing church collection money.

Kilgore also faces up to 15 years in federal prison on a 1970s explosives charge.
- Sapa-AP

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