Family ask for lenient sentence

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The family of a man who admitted to planting a bomb at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade is asking a federal judge to issue a lenient sentence.

The family of 37-year-old Kevin W. Harpham described him in letters to the judge as a gentle, intelligent, well-liked young man whose actions puzzled them.

The letters are part of a package presented to the court by Harpham's defense attorneys in advance of his Nov. 30 sentencing, where he faces a range of 27 to 32 years in federal prison

Harpham pleaded guilty in September to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to injure people in a hate crime.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com