Rudolph to plead guilty, get life

April 8, 2005 at 5:13 PM
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 8 (UPI) -- Eric Robert Rudolph will plead guilty to a series of bombings, including one at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the Justice Department said Friday.

In return he will escape the death penalty.

Rudolph signed agreements with the U.S. attorneys' offices in Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta in which he agreed to plead guilty to three Atlanta bombings and a Birmingham bombing and agreed to waive all appeals. He will receive multiple life sentences without parole.

Rudolph, of Murphy, N.C., was charged in the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park on July 27, 1996, which killed an Olympic spectator and seriously injured more than 100 other people; the bombing attack on a Sandy Springs, Ga., family planning clinic on Jan. 16, 1997, which injured more than 50 people, and the bombing attack on a midtown Atlanta nightclub on Feb. 21, 1997, which injured five people.

Rudolph also was indicted for the bombing attack on a Birmingham family planning clinic on Jan. 29, 1998, which killed Birmingham Police Officer Robert Sanderson and critically injured nurse Emily Lyons.

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