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Don't free shooter, Wallace's son says

By Phillip Rawls
Associated Press Writer

MONTGOMERY — Former Gov. George C. Wallace's son said Tuesday the gunman who shot Wallace in 1972 refused an offer to meet with the younger Wallace in the early 1990s and doesn't deserve an early release from prison, as planned by Maryland parole officials.

"He's never shown any remorse. He could be a threat to someone," George Wallace Jr. said.

Arthur Bremer, 57, is scheduled to get out of a Maryland prison in mid-December and could get out even sooner because of good behavior that has shaved nearly two decades off his 53-year sentence.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King wrote a letter to the chairman of the Maryland Parole Commission on Tuesday, asking the commission to reconsider its decision to release Bremer.

"On May 15, 1972, Mr. Bremer sentenced Governor Wallace to a life sentence of debilitating paralysis and pain. There was no parole board to free Governor Wallace from his sentence. None should free Mr. Bremer from his," King wrote.

Parole Commission Chairman David R. Blumberg said Tuesday afternoon he had not seen King's letter, but he was concerned that the reasons for Bremer's release were being misunderstood.

"He's being released by operation of law in the state of Maryland," Blumberg said. "This is not an early, discretionary release; it's a mandatory, supervised release."

Wallace was shot five times during a presidential campaign stop in Laurel, Md. Alabama State Trooper E.C. Dothard, Secret Service Agent Nick Zarvos, and campaign volunteer Dora Thompson also were injured, but not as seriously as Wallace.

The attack on Wallace left the former segregationist with paralyzed legs and forced him to abandon his bid for the presidency.

George Wallace Jr. said that in the early 1990s, he wrote two letters with the FBI's help to see if Bremer would meet with him about his father's shooting. FBI agents later went to see Bremer to ask if he had read the letters.

"They told me all he did was jump up on the bars and hold on to the bars and never answered them," Wallace said in a phone interview Tuesday.

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