Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Accused Spokane MLK Day Backpack Bomber Kevin Harpham Reaches Plea Agreement With The Feds, Could Face 32 Years In Prison

Note: All posts on the Kevin Harpham case can be displayed HERE, with the most recent post showing up first.

Only five days before his trial was set to begin, accused Spokane MLK Day backpack bomber Kevin Harpham has reached a plea agreement with the Department of Justice. Read U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby's official press release HERE; primary stories from the Spokane Spokesman-Review and KHQ Channel 6. KXLY Channel 4 has a particularly useful timeline report from inside the courtroom. A continuing discussion on VNN Forum, where Harpham posted under the nickname Joe Snuffy, is also of interest.

According to the 16-page agreement, which is embedded as a Scribd document on the Seattle Weekly website, Harpham pleads guilty to two of the four counts against him:

Count 1: Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. A Class A felony carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, any term of supervised release if and when released from prison, and a $100 special penalty assessment.

Count 3: Attempt to Cause Bodily Injury with an Explosive Device Based on Actual or Perceived Race and National Origin of Any Person. A Class C felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years supervised release after prison, and, of course, the $100 special penalty assessment.

As part of the agreement, federal prosecutors will dismiss the other two charges; using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, and unauthorized possession of an unregistered explosive device. Prosecutors plan to ask for a prison sentence in the range of 27 to 32 years, and to place Harpham on lifetime probation upon his release. The deal is subject to approval by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, who will have the final say at a sentencing hearing on November 30th. If the judge recommends a higher or lower sentence, the case still could go to trial. KHQ news video embedded below:

The device, planted during the MLK day celebration in Spokane on January 17th, 2011, was a six-inch pipe bomb loaded with lead fishing weights coated in chemicals; it was set to be remotely triggered with a remote car starter. Prosecutors claimed Harpham planted the bomb because of his racist beliefs, and explained that a combination of bank card purchases and DNA evidence on the backpack handle led the FBI to Harpham, who was arrested on March 9th and indicted on April 21st.

But the case began to go against Harpham when Harpham's father disclosed on July 21st that he was prepared to testify against his son in court. Cecil Harpham apparently began to conclude that Kevin was responsible for the bomb just days after it was planted. Cecil also confirmed Kevin's "racist" leanings at that time.

Further damning Kevin Harpham was the revelation during an August 4th pre-trial hearing that the FBI linked a pair of pliers to him. The FBI found tool marks on the bomb's electrical system that matches a pair of crimpers seized during a search of Harpham's property, and claimed these tool marks are as unique as human fingerprints.

Also of interest was the fact that Kevin Harpham needed a public defender. His public defense team included Roger A. Peven, Kimberly Deater, and Kailey Moran. Peven is of particular interest because he was removed from Edgar Steele's defense team under a cloud of incompetence and impropriety. Peven was facing a civil lawsuit by three former employees, who claimed that they were fired in retaliation after they raised concerns about a lack of leadership on the part of Peven. The lawsuit also claimed the three employees forced an intervention that resulted in Peven seeking inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse. Harold Covington was even more explicit, characterizing Peven as a drunk.

Faced with incompetent counsel, a non-supportive family, no resources to hire a high-powered private attorney, and buried in a ZOG pen because he couldn't make bail, one can understand how Harpham came to conclude that a plea deal was the only way out. What a sad ending for a White activist who once served our country in the military. The anti-White policies of our federal goverment drove Harpham to lash out in frustration, and with no mitigation of the war against Whites in sight, will undoubtedly produce more lone wolves in the future.

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