Man who Shot George Wallace in 1972 Released from Prison

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A Maryland prison system spokesman says Arthur Bremer has been released from prison.

Bremer is the man who shot and wounded Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1972 during a presidential campaign stop in Laurel, Maryland.

The spokesman says Bremer left the prison before sunrise after serving 35 years of his sentence.

Bremer, a former Milwaukee busboy and janitor, was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting and was sentenced to 53 years. He had been held at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown, about 70 miles from Baltimore, since 1979.

Bremer earned his mandatory release through good behavior and by working in prison. He will remain under the supervision of the Division of Parole and Probation until his sentence ends in 2025.

Wallace was paralyzed by the shooting and abandoned his bid for the Democratic nomination. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair and died in 1998.

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