Last Surviving Birmingham Bomber Considered for Release

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Alabama's parole board has decided against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago. 76-year-old Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. is the last surviving KKK member convicted of murder in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for being part of a group who planted a bomb outside the church during the civil rights movement. Two other former KKK members were convicted of murder and died behind bars. Blanton can be considered for parole again in five years.



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