Eric Rudolph Cops Plea for Life Sentence
Serial murderer Eric Rudolph has agreed to a guilty plea in exchange for a life sentence.
Accused 1996 Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph has agreed to plead guilty to all charges against him in connection with that bombing and three others — including a deadly 1998 bombing in Alabama. The reported plea deal would give Rudolph a life sentence, sources close to the case said Friday. An announcement was expected to be made at the Justice Department in Washington later in the day, sources said.
Authorities in North Carolina said they uncovered explosives as the result of information provided by Rudolph in negotiations with prosecutors. Jury selection in Rudolph’s trial for the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama, women’s clinic began Wednesday. A police officer was killed and a nurse was injured by the bomb that went off outside the New Woman All Women Health Clinic on the morning of January 29, 1998. Rudolph had faced the death penalty in his Birmingham trial. The tentative plea agreement would allow Rudolph to avoid a possible death sentence in the Alabama case.
In addition to the Birmingham bombing, Rudolph is charged with the bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, that killed one person and injured more than 100.
Rudolph also is charged in the 1997 bombings of an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub in the Atlanta area.
Somehow, life in prison seems too light a sentence for this dirtbag. Still, one never knows what a jury will do.