APmo 05/13 0530 Pires-Plea Bargain SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Sentencing for Robert Pires, t
APmo 05/13 0530 Pires-Plea Bargain
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Sentencing for Robert Pires, the
Maryland man who sought government protection in exchange for
information about white-supremacist activities, was halted by a
judge who says information surrounding Pires' first-degree murder
plea does not support the charge.
Pires, of Silver Spring, Md., came forward to the FBI after
bombs rocked Coeur d'Alene. He entered a guilty plea in February
in connection with the shooting death last August of Kenneth
Shray of Baltimore.
Pires and Shray were acquainted through their connections to
the Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations), based at
Pires' guilty plea in Bonner County was part of a plea bargain
that involved Kootenai County Prosecutor Glen Walker, whose
jurisdiction covers Coeur d'Alene, Bonner County Prosecutor Phil
Robinson, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks in Spokane,
Pires recently received a 20-year federal sentence for
weapons, counterfeiting and bombing charges. In exchange for his
guilty pleas and information, he was to receive federal
It was not immediately clear if the delay in sentencing would
affect the Bonner County plea bargain, or deals Pires made
Three others were arrested on bombing and counterfeiting
charges last fall after Pires told authorities about a plan to
use counterfeiting and robberies to finance a white-supremacist
revolution. The bombings were to be a diversion during a
Pires was to be sentenced on the murder charge Tuesday. But
1st District Judge Dar Cogswell questioned whether the facts of
the murder case meet the legal definition of aiding and abetting,
Shray's bullet-ridden body was found Aug. 18 near Clark Fork.
During a trial early this year for two other white
supremacists who eventually pleaded guilty to counterfeiting
charges, Hicks said David Dorr, who also pleaded guilty to
counterfeiting charges and faces further charges in connection
with the bombings, may have been the triggerman in Shray's death.
Hicks, Walker and Robinson were not at their homes or offices
Tuesday night for comment. Efforts by telephone to reach Pires'
attorney, Kerwin Bennett in Coeur d'Alene, also were
Dorr and Edward and Olive Hawley all pleaded guilty to
counterfeiting charges when they learned Pires would testify at
Mrs. Hawley was sentenced to four years' probation. Edward
Hawley received a four-year term, while Dorr received a six-year
Edward Hawley also awaits federal bombing charges.
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