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The Nation : 2 Sentenced in Bombings

Two men convicted in the Christmas Day bombings of an abortion center and two doctors’ offices were sentenced in Pensacola, Fla., to 10 years each in federal prison. The men faced possible terms of 65 years each. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s decision was praised by abortion opponents supporting the men, and denounced by a women’s rights advocate. Vinson placed the wife of one man and the fiancee of the other on five years’ probation. He also ordered James Simmons and Matthew Goldsby, both 21, to pay $353,073 each to insurance companies and the two doctors whose offices were destroyed by the explosions.


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