Kevin Harpham, 37, was given the maximum sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush who said Harpham gave him "no choice" after he said Harpham showed no remorse and took no responsibility for his actions.
In September, Harpham plead guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction as well as the hate crime of placing the bomb in an effort to target minorities. On that day, Jan. 17, officials said about 2,000 people marched for peace and non-violence, many right by the backpack Harpham left near a bench at the corner of Main Ave. and Washington St. in downtown Spokane. Inside that backpack, the FBI said Harpham placed a bomb loaded with lead fishing weights and coated in rat poison, an anti-coagulant.
"As long as it was clear and there was nobody there, I was going to fire this thing off," Harpham continued. "The whole point of the building was to just add effect -- just a statement of protest."
Then on Feb. 28, investigators obtained Harpham's DNA from samples he provided while serving in the U.S. Army. Within days, the FBI linked DNA from Harpham to the strap of the backpack that held the bomb.
Harpham served in the Army from 1996 to 1999 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. On Tuesday, the judge raised concerns that Harpham may have fostered his racist views while in the Army, noting a swastika flag Harpham flew in his barracks. Harpham said the flag was not a swastika but a Salvadorian flag.