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IRA Bomber Sentenced to 25 Years

June 25, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ A court ordered a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for a man convicted in an Irish Republican Army bombing that killed two men and caused massive damage in London’s Docklands district.

James McArdle, 29, of Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland, was found guilty of conspiring to cause explosions. The Feb. 9, 1996, truck-bombing killed two newspaper sellers and marked the end of the IRA cease-fire declared in 1994.

McArdle admitted he had twice driven a vehicle used in the bombing, but said he had not known its intended use.

Judge John Kay said he accepted that McArdle did not intend to kill or cause serious injury, but added, ``The conspiracy resulted in damage in excess of $250 million and engendered terror and misery for many, many people.″

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