AP 05/15 0845 Supremacist Sentenced COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A white supremacist turne

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AP 05/15 0845 Supremacist Sentenced COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A white supremacist turned government informant has been sentenced to life in prison for murder plus a 10-year term for his part in bombings last year in Coeur d'Alene. The sentencing Thursday in state court was part of a plea bargain guaranteeing Robert Pires government protection. It will run concurrently with a 20-year federal sentence Pires recently received for bombings, weapons and counterfeiting charges. Kootenai County Prosecutor Glen Walker said Pires, 22, of Silver Spring, Md., will have to serve at least 10 years in prison before he's eligible for parole. First District Judge Dar Cogswell had halted sentencing Tuesday on the first-degree murder count, saying the facts surrounding the case did not support the charge. But prosecutor Phil Robinson said he reworked a factual-basis statement on the charge, allowing Cogswell to go through with the sentencing for the August murder of Kenneth Shray. Pires' attorney, Kerwin Bennett, said Thursday that Pires believed members of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations) planned to beat and rob Shray, but not kill him. Shray, of Baltimore, arrived at the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound in August, and Pires believed that other members of the group thought Shray was a police informant, according to Bennett. Shray's bullet-ridden body was found Aug. 18 near Clark Fork in Bonner County. During a trial for two white supremacists on counterfeiting charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks in Spokane, Wash., told a judge that another white supremacist, David Dorr, may have been the triggerman in Shray's death. Dorr, and Edward and Olive Hawley all were charged with counterfeiting. Prosecutors said they ran a counterfeiting operation to finance a white supremacist revolution. The bombings in Coeur d'Alene were to act as a diversion for a bank robbery, prosecutors said. The robbery never occurred. Olive Hawley was sentenced to four years' probation on counterfeiting charges. Her husband, Edward, was sentenced to four years in prison, and Dorr was sentenced to six. Dorr and Edward Hawley still face bombing charges. Last page !


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