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November 05, 1986

A self-proclaimed white supremacist convicted in 1980 of bombing a predominantly black church during the civil rights battles of the 1950s goes free today after serving 3 1/2 years of a 10-year prison term, officials said. J.B. Stoner, 62, was convicted of setting off a dynamite charge in 1958 that destroyed the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. No one was injured in the blast. The case lay dormant for almost 20 years before former Atty. Gen. Bill Baxley resurrected it, obtaining an indictment in 1980.

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