Kathy Boudin, member of Weather Underground, Kathy Boudin has died at the age of 78

Kathy Boudin, who spent decades in prison as a member of the radical militant group Weather Underground in 1981, died of cancer in New York at the age of 78.

In October 1981, Boudin and members of the group colluded with the Black Liberation Army robbery to fund their anti-government campaigns. They targeted an armored Brink’s truck they were holding in Rockland County and took out $1.6 million.

During the robbery, gunmen killed Brink’s security guard Peter Paige before transferring the money to a U-Haul truck a mile away, where a 38-year-old Boudin was in the cab.

The truck was stopped by police at a roadblock, where Boudin – unarmed – immediately surrendered. Gunmen in the back of the truck emerged and began firing at the officers, killing two Long Island police officers — Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown.

She pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree murder in the 1984 death of Paige.

She served 22 years in prison before being paroled for good behavior in 2003.

Kathy Boudin prison photos.
Boudin spent 22 years in prison for her involvement in the deadly ambush by radical militant group Weather Underground.
New York State Correctional Facility/Getty Images

After incarceration, she was hired by the Columbia School of Social Work Associate as an associate professor in 2008. In 2013, she was hired as a full-time professor, lecturing on the issues convicts and their families face when a person is released from prison.

Boudin was the mother of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who last year successfully campaigned for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to have his father David Gilbert, who was also a Weather Underground member and jailed for his role, commute the sentence was in stickup.

Gilbert, who served as the getaway driver, was serving a life sentence of 75 years with no possibility of parole until 2056. Gilbert is among the last surviving individuals involved in the robbery.

Judith Clark, another former member of Weather Underground, was serving 35 years of a 75-year life sentence for her role in the robbery at a suburban Rockland County mall before her sentence was commuted by Cuomo in 2016. She was paroled in 2019. Kathy Boudin, member of Weather Underground, Kathy Boudin has died at the age of 78


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