* United States v. Harpham (E.D. Wash. Sep. 7, 2011) (guilty plea)
Ok, this should be it for today. Last week was a busy one for DOJ in terrorism cases!
In this case, Kevin Harhpham has pled guilty to placing an IED along the planned route for the MLK Day parade in Spokane last January. The details from the press release below.
SPOKANE, Wash. – Kevin William Harpham, 37, of Colville, Wash., pleaded guilty today to the placement of the improvised explosive device alongside the planned Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March on Jan. 17, 2011, in Spokane, Wash., announced the Department of Justice.
On March 9, 2011, Harpham was arrested and charged by complaint with the crimes of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. Today, Harpham pleaded guilty to two counts of a superseding indictment, charging Harpham with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempt to commit a federal hate crime. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March was attended by hundreds of individuals, including racial minorities. The explosive device placed by Harpham was capable of inflicting serious injury or death, according to laboratory analysis conducted by the FBI.
The plea agreement calls for a sentence of between 27 and 32 years in prison. The plea agreement is subject to the district court’s review acceptance and determination of the final sentence. The plea agreement also calls for a lifetime term of court supervision after Harpham is released from prison.