Racial Bombings Merit Life Sentence

Friday, September 15th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A white man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for setting off two pipe bombs last year at the predominantly black Florida A&M University.

No one was injured in either blast. But the bombings, accompanied by racist phone calls, gripped the school in fear for a month at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year.

Lawrence Lombardi, an unemployed funeral embalmer who was convicted in June, maintained that he was innocent. He told U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle that he believed federal agents, under pressure to make an arrest, made him a scapegoat.