APor 05/15 0521 Pires Sentencing COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A white supremacist-turned-g
APor 05/15 0521 Pires Sentencing
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A white
supremacist-turned-government informant has been sentenced to
life in prison for murder and to 10 more years in prison for his
part in bombings last year in Coeur d'Alene.
The sentences will run concurrently with a different 20-year
federal sentence Robert 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.
The sentences came Thursday as part of a plea bargain
guaranteeing Pires government protection, two days after 1st
District Judge Dar Cogswell halted sentencing on the first-degree
murder count, saying facts surrounding the case did not support
Prosecutor Phil Robinson in Bonner County, where the murder of
Kenneth Shray occurred in August, said he reworked a
factual-basis statement on the charge, allowing 1st District
Judge Dar Cogswell to go through with sentencing.
Pires' attorney, Kerwin Bennett, introduced evidence Thursday
claiming Pires thought members of the Church of Jesus Christ
Christian (Aryan Nations), suspected that Shray, of Baltimore,
was a police information when he arrived at the Aryan Nations
compound in August.
Bennett said Pires believed Aryan Nations members planned to
beat and rob Shray, but not kill him.
That information satisfied Cogswell's requirement of aiding
and abetting to go through with sentencing.
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 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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