Rudolph gets life for Olympic Park bomb

Aug. 22, 2005 at 3:53 PM
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ATLANTA, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Eric Robert Rudolph was sentenced to four life terms in federal prison Monday after listening to those bereaved and injured by the 1996 bomb in an Atlanta park.

John Hawthorne, whose wife Alice died in the blast, derided Rudolph's actions, saying "little person, big bomb," the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported.

"Your arrogance hides your fear of a dismal future in prison where you will never see a flower, never see the beauty of the rising sun," Hawthorne said. "You are a young man. May God bless you with a long long life."

In order to avoid the death penalty, Rudolph agreed to plead guilty to the park bombing, three others in Atlanta and one at a Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic where an off-duty police officer was killed. He also led investigators to caches of explosives.

The government offered the deal in exchange for information on hidden explosives.

In a prepared statement, Rudolph said that he had hoped "to confound and anger Washington for the sanctioning of abortion on demand." The statement was the same one he used at his earlier sentencing in Birmingham, where he received two life terms.

U.S. Judge Charles Pannell also imposed a term of 120 years in prison.

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