Timeline Of Harpham Plea Hearing
A plea hearing was held Wednesday morning for Kevin Harpham, the man who attempted to bomb the MLK Day Unity March in January. The following is a timeline of tweets from the courtroom during that proceeding.
Appearing in a Spokane County Jail jumpsuit with a fresh haircut, Harpham was sworn in just after 9 a.m. and began answering questions from Judge Justin Quackenbush as to whether or not he was pressured to take a plea deal.
The deal which he agreed to calls for him to plead guilty to two of the four counts he’s facing, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction by placing an improvised explosive device along the Unity March route, and attempting to cause bodily injury with an explosive device to individuals attending the MLK Day Unity March because of actual or perceived race, color or national origin.9210564
The defense is recommending Harpham serve 27 years in prison while prosecutors are recommending he serve 32 years in prison. Judge Quackenbush will decide how long he will serve.
Judge Quackenbush tells Harpham that he loses his right to appeal his case if he accepts the plea deal.
Prosecutors begin to lay out their case against Harpham, They say that the device was a six-inch pipe bomb loaded with lead fishing weights coated in chemicals. The device was set to be remotely triggered with a remote car starter.A combination of bank card purchases and DNA evidence on the backpack handle led the FBI to Harpham.
Federal prosecutors say Harpham planted bomb because of his racist beliefs.
Harpham pleads guilty to two counts. He admits he made the bomb and attempted to use it in commission of a hate crime. Harpham says that it took him about a month to build the bomb.
Judge Quackenbush says he will review a pre-sentence report before deciding to accept Harpham’s plea deal. Sentencing is set for November 30.
US Attorney Michael Ormsby’s office issues press release to media concerning Harpham’s guilty plea. “I commend the law enforcement efforts at all phases of the investigation and prosecution of this matter. This was one of the most thorough investigations that I have ever seen and involved multi-levels of law enforcement and multiple offices and other professionals,” Ormsby wrote. Click here to read the rest of the release.
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