DENVER -- The man who planted a bomb at Southwest Plaza Mall a year ago will spend the rest of his life in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane Thursday sentenced 66-year-old Earl Albert Moore to serve life in federal prison for use of a destructive device during a crime of violence.
Moore left a bomb at the mall at 11:30 a.m. on April 20, 2011 -- the 12th anniversary of the day and time of the massacre at Columbine High School, which is not far away from Southwest Plaza.
There was chaos and panic inside the mall in Littleton as a small fire started when the bomb went off around lunch time. The mall was quickly evacuated.
The bomb didn't hurt anyone. But the possible connection to the Columbine anniversary prompted a lot of concern, and a huge manhunt was launched.
Moore, a career criminal, says there was no connection to Columbine and he didn't intend to hurt anyone.
But the judge says it could've hurt or killed people, and Moore clearly didn't think about the consequences of his actions.
Moore read a brief statement in court Thursday where he apologized and said again that he didn't intend to hurt anyone.
The judge said his intent didn't matter. The fact is Moore's actions could've killed people and he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.