By Robert Mitchum | Tribune reporter
March 24, 2009
State corrections officials are reviewing a request by a member of a
1970s radical group convicted of murder in California to serve his
parole in Illinois.
James William Kilgore, 61, will be released from a California prison
in May after serving a 6-year sentence for the 1975 killing of Myrna
Opsahl in a bank robbery by members of the radical Symbionese
Liberation Army, which gained international notoriety after it
kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.
In advance of his release, Kilgore filed a request to serve his one
year of supervised parole in Illinois, where his wife began a
professorship at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign last year.
On Monday, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections
confirmed that they had received the request and that it was under
Last week, two police groupsthe National Association of Police
Organizations and the Los Angeles Police Protective Leaguesent
letters to Govs. Patrick Quinn and Arnold Schwarzenegger opposing
More than 1,000 parolees from the California system are under
supervision in other states, said a spokeswoman for the California
Department of Corrections.
Kilgore's wife, Teresa Barnes, has been an associate professor
teaching gender/women's studies and history at the U. of I. since the
summer of 2008, according to a university Web site.
Kilgore met and married Barnes while hiding from authorities in the
southern Africa nations of Zimbabwe and South Africa under an assumed
name since 1975.