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Eric Rudolph pleads guilty to bombing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 13 (UPI) -- Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty Wednesday to four bombings in the south that killed two people and injured more than 100 others.

He pleaded first to the January 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala., which killed an off-duty police officer, CNN reported.

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Then Rudolph, 38, was taken to Atlanta where he pleaded guilty to the bombings a crowded park during the 1996 Olympics that killed one person and injured 111 others.

The following year he set off bombs at a women's clinic near Atlanta and a lesbian nightclub.

Rudolph pleaded guilty to all four bombings to avoid the death penalty, but is expected to be sentenced to four consecutive life terms in federal prison. Sentencing in Birmingham has been set for July 18.

The federal government accepted Rudolph's plea in exchange for information leading them to five locations where he had hidden bombs and dynamite.

He had agreed to the plea bargains Friday in Birmingham after a month-long jury process had begun.

Rudolph had been a fugitive in the woods of North Carolina for five years before his capture in 2003.

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