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Convicted Bomber Gets 12 Years

December 14, 1987|Times Wire Services

The reputed leader of a local cell of an Armenian terrorist organization that staged a series of bombings to extort money and avenge the arrest of comrades was sentenced today to 12 years in prison.

Vicken Tcharkutian, 34, who pleaded guilty Nov. 11 to five counts stemming from the incidents in 1981 and 1982, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Kenyon in Los Angeles. Bombing targets were the Swiss Bank Corp. in Los Angeles and an Air Canada warehouse at Los Angeles International Airport. No one was hurt in either bombing.

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