IRA Bomber Gets 8 Life Terms

United Press International

An Irish Republican Army bomb specialist was sentenced today to eight life terms for the murder of five people in a 1984 hotel explosion that narrowly missed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and members of her Cabinet.

At the Old Bailey courthouse, Judge Leslie Boreham told Patrick Magee: "You are a man of exceptional cruelty. You intended to wipe out a large part of the government and you very nearly did." Magee was found guilty June 10 of planting the bomb that destroyed the Grand Hotel in the resort city of Brighton during a convention of Thatcher's Conservative Party in October, 1984.

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