CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 18, 1977
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(Studio) Patricia Hearst pleads no contest to armed robbery and assault charges in Los Angeles; has been convicted on federal bank robbery charges in San Francisco.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Los Angeles, California) After maintaining innocence all along, with regard to SLA crime spree while she was with group, it's surprise when Hearst pleads no contest to 2 charges; 9 other counts dropped. [Attorney Al JOHNSON - won't comment on unexpected change.] Sources say Hearsts didn't want to go thru strain of another trial. Prosecution caught by surprise. [Prosecutor John VAN DE CAMP - didn't know till this morning of decision.] San Francisco trial being appealed; possible sentencing here noted.
REPORTER: Harold Dow Artist: Bill Robles
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