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Former Anti-War Activist Agrees To Guilty Plea, Attorney Says

April 25, 1987

SEATTLE (AP) _ An anti-Vietnam-war activist who spent 17 years underground has agreed to plead guilty to a federal felony charge and a state assault charge stemming from protests in 1969 and 1970, his attorney says.

Terrence Jackson, 44, of Eugene, Ore., will plead guilty here May 1 to a federal charge of possession of an unregistered destructive device in an attempted bombing at the University of Washington in 1970, attorney Larry Finegold said.

Jackson also will enter a guilty plea in King County Superior Court to a second-degree assault charge stemming from the striking of a police officer at a Nov. 14, 1969, anti-war demonstration in downtown Seattle, Finegold said.

In exchange for the pleas, Finegold said, the government agreed to drop a conspiracy segment of the original federal charge.

Finegold said his client wanted to ″face these matters and put them behind him and continue on with the life he’s built in Eugene.″

Jackson eluded capture for 17 years, but was arrested on a federal fugitive warrant Jan. 20 in Eugene, where he worked as a physical therapist.

In March, he legally changed his name from Silas Trim Bissell to Jackson, the name he used during the years he hid from the law. He is member of the family that founded the Bissell carpet-cleaner company.

Federal officials have not said what jail time, if any, would be recommended for Jackson. But Deputy County Prosecutor Linda Jackie said her office would recommend a 10-year suspended sentence on the assault charge and that any sentence be served concurrently with federal punishment.

The original federal charge accused Jackson and his estranged wife, Judith Bissell, of attempting to bomb the Air Force ROTC building at the university on Jan. 18, 1970. The two allegedly placed gasoline and blasting caps under steps at the building.

Mrs. Bissell, who was 25 at the time, was later arrested and sentenced, served time and was paroled.

Jackson had been scheduled for trial May 4 in federal court and shortly thereafter in state court.

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