Plea deal accepted in MLK parade bombing

  • Thu Nov 10th, 2011 5:10pm
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Associated Press

SPOKANE — A federal judge has accepted the guilty plea of a man who left a bomb along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. day parade in downtown Spokane.

U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush will now determine at the Nov. 30 sentencing how much time Kevin W. Harpham, 37, will serve in prison. He faces a range of 27 to 32 years.

Harpham pleaded guilty in September to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to injure people in a hate crime. Two other charges will be dismissed. If the case had proceeded to trial, Harpham could have faced life in prison.

The bomb was found and disabled before it could explode.