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Man gets probation in abortion clinic attack

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A judge sentenced a man to five years of probation and ordered him to pay $6,100 in damages Thursday for driving his car into an abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa.

U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson also ordered Dalton Ray Skinner, 44, of Tuscaloosa to live at a substance abuse center until he completes a treatment program.

No one was hurt when a car slammed into the West Alabama Women's Center on Jan. 19, 2006 while it was closed. The bumper of Skinner's car came off and was left at the scene, and Skinner was arrested after a chase.

No motive for the attack was revealed, but Skinner's attorney filed papers last year stating the man had been in drug and mental health counseling for several years and was off his medication, making him delusional.

Skinner pleaded guilty to the attack in November. He faced a maximum sentence of one year in prison and fines of $100,000 for violating a federal law that protects women's clinics.

A still-unsolved fire did about $100,000 worth of damage 10 years ago to the same clinic, which is located near The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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