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Kaczynski: I Was ‘Misrepresented’

May 4, 1998

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Confessed Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski told a packed courtroom today the government misrepresented him as a vengeful loner.

The 55-year-old former math professor made his claim at the start of his sentencing hearing today.

He faced four life terms in prison plus 30 years for killing three men and maiming two others. The sentence was part of a January plea bargain that saved him from a trial and possible death by lethal injection.

As the hearing began in federal court, Kaczynski was asked if he wanted to make a statement.

He said he did and walked to a podium at the center of the courtroom, saying the government, in court papers filed last week, was ``discrediting me personally.″

As part of the plea bargain, Kaczynski acknowledged responsibility for all 16 Unabomber attacks between 1978 and 1995. He will be sent to a high-security federal prison, possibly in Lompoc or in Colorado.

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