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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?

Esquire Charts INW Racism Fall, Rise

In Esquire's Politics Blog Thursday, essayist Charles P. Pierce provides a lengthy review of the history of white supremacism in North Idaho as well as the MLK Day bomb attempt. He writes: "Both (Norm) Gissel and (Tony) Stewart have noticed an increasing — and increasingly familiar — level of agitation in the air, even though what was left of the Aryan Nations splintered further recently when a power struggle broke out between two men, Paul Mullet and Gerard O'Brien, both of whom claim to be the true successor to Richard Butler. (Mullet seems to have won out, at least for the moment.) What's left of the movement seems to be made up either of small units, or a collection of lone-wolf operators. It has still been enough to set the region on edge. Entire blog post here.


Town hall Saturday to discuss bomb, violence

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and state Rep. Kevin Parker will hold a town hall meeting Saturday to discuss public concerns over the bomb found along the parade route in downtown Spokane Monday.
The one-hour forum, “Understanding threats in our community”, will allow area residents to discuss their concerns and share ideas about the bomb that rerouted Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day parade as well as the Tucson shootings, Parker, R-Spokane, said.
“As a survivor of the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999, I have learned it is essential we come together to talk about the safety of the community,” said Parker, who was a youth counselor talking with a student when those shootings occurred.
The town hall begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in Room 122 of the Phase 1 Building, WSU Riverpoint Campus, 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.