Harpham Pleads Guilty - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Harpham Pleads Guilty

Credit: Molly Quinn, The Spokesman-Review Credit: Molly Quinn, The Spokesman-Review
SPOKANE, Wash. -  Kevin Harpham pleaded guilty to counts 1 and 3 In Federal Court this morning, admitting to the judge that he placed a backpack bomb along the Martin Luther King Day Parade route in downtown Spokane on January 17th. Harpham admitted to making the bomb and also said the act was racially motivated.
The government told the court that they found DNA of two other people on the backpack handle.
The government recommends 32 years jail, the defense is recommending 27 years, however the judge will have the final say on jail time. Sentencing is set for November 30th.
Stipulations on the deal say Harpham can cancel plea deal if judge gives more than 32 years in jail and the government can cancel the deal if the judge gives less than 27 yrs at sentencing.
Look For LIVE Updates From Anthony Gomes On Twitter @KHQRightnow. Also Look For Advancing Coverage On NewsBreak With Dave Cotton, Beginning At 10 AM On www.khq.com
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Kevin Harpham, the man accused of leaving a backpack bomb in downtown Spokane along the route of the MLK Unity March on January 17, is expected to accept a plea bargain at a 9 a.m. hearing this morning in U.S. District Court in Spokane.  
 
Harpham had previously had pleaded not guilty to the charges and his trial was scheduled to begin on Monday.

Harpham, 37, is charged with committing a hate crime, using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and unauthorized possession of an unregistered explosive device. He's being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail.

The hate crime charge alleges Harpham targeted the MLK Unity March in downtown Spokane on Jan. 17 "because of actual or perceived race, color and national origin of any person."

Harpham faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted.

KHQ's Anthony Gomes will be in the courtroom for this morning's hearing. Cameras are not permitted, but Anthony will be providing up-to-the-minute developments via Twitter  @KHQRightNow. 

Also look for advancing coverage on Dave's Cotton's NewsBreaks streaming live here on KHQ.com at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m, and complete team coverage tonight on KHQ Local News at 5 & 6.   

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