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Harpham sentencing delayed three weeks

A federal judge today delayed the sentencing of Kevin W. Harpham, who admitted leaving the bomb discovered on the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March in downtown Spokane.

U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said he hoped that agreeing to the delay wouldn’t ruin his 32 year reputation of denying such requests. But, he granted the request anyway.

Harpham, 37, faces a sentencing range of 27 to 32 years after he pleaded guilty in September to the attempted use of a wepon of mass destruction and targeting minorities. Federal investigators credited Spokane Police for rerouting the march on Jan. 17 and preventing Harpham from getting close enough to use a keyless-entry remote device to detonate the bomb.

Quackenbush reset the sentencing to Dec. 20 and federal prosecutors did not protest.

Quackenbush credited Harpham, the defense and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Harrington and Thomas Rice for the quick resolution to the case.

Roger Peven, executive director of the Federal Public Defenders of Eastern Washington, asked for the delay to research federal definitions for a bomb or “other similar device.” Peven declined to comment immediately following the hearing.



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