Judge Accepts Harpham's Plea Agreement - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Judge Accepts Harpham's Plea Agreement

SPOKANE, Wash. - Kevin Harpham, the man who admitted to planting a bomb along the Martin Luther King Jr. parade route, will not face a maximum life sentence. Federal Judge Justin Quackenbush accepted Harpham's plea agreement on Thursday.

From court documents, Quackenbush says "at the heart of the plea agreement is a capping of any sentence to be imposed at 32 years imprisonment rather than the maximum statutorily authorized sentence of life imprisonment.

The defendant is now 37 years of age. Assuming without deciding a maximum 32 year sentence with credit for time served and with an earned 15% "goodtime" credit would mean the defendant would be released in his mid 60s."

The 37-year-old Kettle Falls resident pleaded guilty in September to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to injure people in a hate crime. He now faces a prison term of between 27 and 32 years.

These are the two charges Haprham will be sentenced for on November 30:

Count 1,  According to court documents, Harpham faces a maximum possible penalty of life in prison for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction if a sentence of less than life, he would be ordered to a supervised release for life .

Count 3, charges Harpham with a hate crime..... attempting to cause bodily injury with an explosive device because of actual or perceived race, color, or national origin of a person. the maximum possible sentence for such an offense is incarceration for a period of ten years and not more than three years of supervised release.

Due to the plea agreement, two other charges, possessing a "destructive device" illegally and using one in a crime of violence - are to be dismissed. If the case had proceeded to trial and a jury convicted Harpham, he would have faced life in prison.

Harpham told authorities that he built the device that was found January 17th at Main Avenue and Washington Street in Downtown Spokane.

Quackenbush said in his opinion that case files that could provide additional evidence should be opened soon. He set a deadline of November 16 for attorneys to make objections to the release of the files.

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