APor 05/15 0521 Pires Sentencing COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A white supremacist-turned-g

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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 the charge. 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. Last page !


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