WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department confirms there's a plea
deal with Eric Rudolph. Officials say he's agreed to plead guilty -- and admit setting off the fatal bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He'll also admit to carrying out three other bomb attacks.
The deal will allow him to escape the death penalty.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says the victims of the attacks "can rest assured that Rudolph will spend the rest of his life behind bars."
Hearings have been scheduled next Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama and in Atlanta, where Rudolph is scheduled to admit his guilt.
Rudolph was charged with carrying out a series of blasts in Georgia and Alabama in the late 1990s. In the Olympic blast, a woman was killed and more than 100 people were hurt when a bomb went off in a backpack in a park. In the next two years, Rudolph allegedly set off bombs at a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta and at two abortion clinics. At a clinic in Alabama, an off-duty police officer was killed.