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Harpham Pleads Guilty To MLK Bomb

Michael Ormsbvy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, stands outside the Thomas Foley Federal Courthouse this morning and answers media question pertaining to the plea deal by accused MLK bomber Kevin Harpham. (SR photo: Christopher Anderson)

Federal prosecutors have recommended a 32-year prison sentence for domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham in a plea deal announced this morning in federal court. Harpham’s lawyers countered with a proposed 27-year sentence under the deal struck with the Stevens County man that includes two counts for building and planting a backpack bomb along the route of Spokane’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March in January. Two other counts are being dismissed. Harpham told U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush he spent a month building the bomb, which prosecutors described as a 6-inch steel pipe containing about 100 grams of black powder, designed to be ignited by a key fob. Harpham’s DNA was found on the backpack in which the bomb was found, prosecutors said/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Is a 27- to 32-year sentence adequate for an individual who planned to kill and maim dozens of Inland Northwest residents?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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