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Cherry Dies in Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bobby Frank Cherry, convicted of killing four black girls in the 1963 racially motivated bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist, has died in prison. He was 74.

Cherry died at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the hospital unit at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery.

Cherry was convicted in May 2002 for the bombing of the Birmingham church that was a gathering place for civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham. He was sentenced to life in prison and was one of three former Ku Klux Klan members convicted in the bombing, which killed four girls as they were preparing to participate in a Sunday church service.

Thomas Blanton was convicted in 2001 and is serving a life prison sentence. Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss was convicted in 1977 and died in prison.


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