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