Clinic Bomber Gets Life Sentence

For his role in bombing a Planned Parenthood clinic bombing, a newspaper office and a bank, as well as a bank robbery, alleged white separatist Verne Jay Merrell was sentenced yesterday to two life terms in prison without parole.

Merrell does not recognize federal authority and refused to stand for his sentencing. His defense lawyer plans to appeal both the conviction and the sentence.

Prosecutors said Merrell, along with the three other convicted men who were involved in the bombings and robbery, were members of a religious white separatist order opposed to homosexuality and mixed-race marriages.


AP - October 31, 1997

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