Cherry Hospitalized

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former Klansman convicted in a Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963 is hospitalized.

Bobby Frank Cherry is serving a life sentence in an Alabama prison after his 2002 conviction in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Alabama prison officials say the 74-year-old former Mabank, Texas resident is hospitalized in critical condition after his health deteriorated.

Cherry was taken from Alabama's Holman Prison to Atmore Community Hospital on Wednesday.

He has a history of heart problems, and prison officials say he's been treated for diabetes at Holman. His relatives said his health has worsened in recent months.

Cherry's daughter, Karen Sunderland, recently said her father had lost as much as 80 pounds in prison and needed a wheelchair to get around.

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