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Terry Nichols was one of the conspirators of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
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The results of the blast were catastrophic -- 168 people died, including 19 children who attended school at a daycare center in the building, and hundreds of others were injured. The building was completely destroyed.
Nichols surrendered to police in Herington, Kansas, two days later. He was interviewed for nine and a half hours and later charged as co-conspirator to the bombing. The authorities found several incriminating items during a search of his Kansas home, including a receipt for 2,
000 pounds of ammonium-nitrate fertilizer, blasting caps and plastic barrels similar to those used in the bombing. Another piece of evidence linked him to a 1994 robbery of a gun dealer, which involved the theft of cash, gold and silver. Some have theorized that the proceeds from that crime may have funded the bombing.
In 1997, Nichols went on trial in Denver, Colorado, for federal charges related to his role in the attack. (McVeigh was tried first and sentence to death. He was executed in 2001.) He was convicted of conspiracy and eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and received a life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to a CNN.com report. His brother James told reporters after the sentencing that Nichols was “upset because he’s innocent. He’s been convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.”
In the state trial, the jury in Oklahoma disagreed with Nichols, convicting him of 161 counts - for 160 victims of the attack and an unborn child - of first-degree murder. He again escaped the death penalty because jurors were deadlocked over the issue and received life in prison. Nichols is serving his sentence at a federal penitentiary in Colorado.
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