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Laurence Alan Stewart sentenced to life in prison

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Virginia man convicted of trying to kill seven Montana law enforcement officers by throwing pipe bombs at them during a chase last November was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

District Judge Dirk Sandefur in Great Falls followed the recommendation of Cascade County Attorney John Parker in handing down the sentence on Laurence Alan Stewart II.

"He'll be as dangerous when he's 88 years old as he is now," he said. "I don't want him to be the most dangerous man in a nursing home."

Stewart was convicted last month of seven counts of attempted deliberate homicide for his actions during a 45-minute chase through central Montana. During the chase, he threw five pipe bombs in the vicinity of seven law enforcement officers.

At the time, Stewart was wanted for setting off pipe bombs on Oct. 30 in Stafford County, Va., at the homes of two law enforcement officers and his ex-fiancee, who had a restraining order against him.

The charges he still faces there include attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, manufacture or possession of a weapon of terror, and arson.

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