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Valley Bombers Sent To Federal Prison

Thu., Nov. 6, 1997

Three convicted terrorists were transferred under heavy security Wednesday from the Spokane County Jail to a federal prison near Seattle.

Charles H. Barbee, Robert S. Berry and Verne Jay Merrell were driven in a police-escorted caravan from the jail to a U.S. Marshal’s Service plane at Spokane International Airport.

The plane flew the prisoners to the Sea-Tac Federal Detention Center.

U.S. Marshal Ron Dashiell said the transfer was made without incident.

The three former Sandpoint residents were convicted of three bombings and two bank robberies in 1996 in the Spokane Valley.

Barbee and Berry, both 43, were each sentenced Tuesday to serve the rest of their lives in federal prison.

Merrell, 52, received the same sentence Oct. 30.

The three are expected to remain at the Sea-Tac prison until the U.S. Bureau of Prisons designates permanent facilities.

They likely will be assigned to different prisons. , DataTimes

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