PORTLAND, Ore. — A 36-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the July, 1983, bombing of the Hotel Rajneesh, owned by followers of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Clifford B. Olsen imposed the maximum 20-year term Friday on Stephen P. Paster, 36, and another year for failure to appear at an earlier hearing.
A motive was not presented to jurors, but Deputy Dist. Atty. Charles French said in a pretrial hearing that Paster belonged to a militant, fundamentalist Muslim organization.
Olsen did not formally exclude evidence of Paster's religious beliefs from the trial but warned French and defense attorney Robert Goffredi that testimony about religious beliefs could lead to a mistrial.