Rudolph Agrees to Plea Deal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Eric Rudolph has agreed to plead guilty to the 1996 Olympics park bombing, the fatal blast at a Birmingham abortion clinic and two other explosions.

Jeff Lyons, whose wife was critically injured in the abortion clinic bombing, said they were informed by the U.S. Justice Department of the plea. Two Justice Department officials confirmed the plea agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Lyons said Rudolph would receive four life sentences under the deal. He had faced a possible death sentence.

Under the deal, Lyons said Rudolph confirmed the location of about 250 pounds of dynamite that he had hidden in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Rudolph defense lawyer Bill Bowen was unavailable for comment. Jeff Lyons said he and his wife were disappointed in the life sentences for Rudolph.


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