Man pleads guilty in MLK Day parade bomb case
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man with extensive ties to white supremacists pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he planted a bomb along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane, Wash., early this year.
Kevin Harpham reached a deal with federal prosecutors for a recommended sentencing range of 27 to 32 years in prison just days before his trial was to begin in U.S. District Court.
Prosecutors say the pipe bomb was loaded with lead fishing weights coated in a chemical.
The 37-year-old says it took him a month to build the bomb, and he acknowledged placing the bomb along the parade route in an attempt to commit a hate crime.
The backpack bomb was discovered and disabled before it could explode last Jan. 17.