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Patty Hearst Convicted!

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On March 20, 1976, kidnapped heiress turned 'urban guerilla' Patty Hearst was convicted for her role in the Hibernia Bank robbery. She received a sentence of seven years.

In her trial, which started on January 15, 1976, Hearst claimed she had been locked blindfolded in a closet and physically and sexually abused, which caused her to join the SLA, an extreme case of the "Stockholm syndrome," in which captives become sympathetic with their captors. Hearst further argued she was coerced or intimidated into her part in the bank robbery.

Her sentence was eventually commuted by President Jimmy Carter, and Hearst was released from prison on February 1, 1979. Later she was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, on the final day of his presidency.

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