July 18, 2005

U.S. bomber Rudolph gets life term for 1998 blast

By Peggy Gargis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Convicted Olympic bomber Eric
Rudolph was sentenced to life in prison without parole on
Monday for the 1998 bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic that
killed a police officer and maimed a nurse.

The 38-year-old abortion foe pleaded guilty in April to the
clinic bombing in a federal plea bargain that spared him the
death penalty. Rudolph was given two consecutive life terms
without parole for the Birmingham bombing.

As part of the deal, Rudolph confessed to the 1996 bombing
of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and subsequent blasts at an
abortion clinic and gay bar in and around the Georgia capital.

He will be sentenced to two additional terms of life in
prison without parole on Aug. 22 for the three Atlanta
bombings, which killed one person and injured more than 100

Federal agents were able to tie Rudolph to the string of
bombings largely because witnesses noticed him acting
suspiciously moments after a nail bomb exploded on Jan. 29,
1998, at the New Woman All Women clinic in Birmingham.

The blast killed Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police
officer, and badly injured nurse Emily Lyons. Lyons was blinded
in one eye and has had more than a dozen operations to treat
injuries to her face and body.

Rudolph disappeared into the mountains of North Carolina
after the Alabama bombing, outfoxing the FBI for five years
until he was captured while scavenging for food in a dumpster
in Murphy, North Carolina in 2003.