Idaho domestic terrorist released early from federal prison

An Idaho man imprisoned for more than two decades for bombing a Planned Parenthood clinic and robbing a bank in Spokane Valley in 1996 walked free from federal custody this week.

Brian Ratigan, 61, of Sandpoint, Idaho, received credit for 23 years served in federal custody Wednesday, cutting short an original prison sentence that was scheduled to end in 2044.

Ratigan, along with three accomplices in the white supremacist Phineas Priesthood group, became eligible for new sentences after a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found the law allowing longer prison sentences for violent felonies was unconstitutionally vague. The other three members are 68-year-old Charles Barbee; 66-year-old Robert Berry; and 74-year-old Jay Merrell all of Sandpoint, who will be re-sentenced shortly. (AP)

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