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Spokane MLK Day Bomber To Face Sentencing

Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and parade participants on Martin Luther King Day. By U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington
Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and parade participants on Martin Luther King Day. By U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington
Evidence submitted by the prosecution shows racist periodicals, books on domestic terrorism, and a Confederate flag among Kevin Harpham's belongings. By U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington
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Evidence submitted by the prosecution shows racist periodicals, books on domestic terrorism, and a Confederate flag among Kevin Harpham's belongings. By U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington

The man who planted a pipe bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade faces sentencing before a federal judge Wednesday. Kevin Harpham could spend between 27 and 32 years in prison under a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham pleaded guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and a federal hate crime charge. The FBI arrested him in March in what they deemed a case of domestic terrorism.

On Martin Luther King Day this year, city workers found a backpack containing a homemade bomb. It was filled with rat poison and fishing weights. The FBI believes it would have exploded at the touch of trigger fashioned from a remote-controlled car alarm.

The case has weighed heavily on the inland Northwest, which has struggled to shed a history of white supremacists. Newly unsealed court documents include Harpham's membership card with the racist National Alliance, how-to books on domestic terrorism, and a copy of the Turner Diaries -– which famously inspired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVey.

Harpham's defense has encouraged the judge to consider other factors in his sentencing decision -– such as, the bomb never went off, Harpham does not have a prior criminal record, and they say similar cases of failed attacks have resulted in lesser punishment.

On the Web:

Kevin Harpham profile:

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/03/10/the-spokane-bomb-attempt-who-is-kevin-william-harpham/

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.