Murrah Federal Building as it appeared before its destruction McVeigh later said that he had contemplated assassinating Attorney General Janet RenoLon Horiuchiand others in preference to attacking a building,  and after the bombing he said that he sometimes wished he had carried out a series of assassinations instead. He regarded the presence of additional law enforcement agencies, such as the Secret Service or the U.
Army soldier, in the case. As it turned out, McVeigh was already in jail, having been stopped a little more than an hour after the bombing for a traffic violation and then arrested for unlawfully carrying a handgun. Shortly before he was scheduled to be released from jail, he was identified as a prime suspect in the bombing and charged.
Both men were found to be members of a radical right-wing survivalist group based in Michigan. Two days later, McVeigh and Nichols were indicted on charges of murder and unlawful use of explosives.
Domestic Terrorists While still in his teens, McVeigh, who was raised in western New Yorkacquired a penchant for guns and began honing survivalist skills he believed would be necessary in the event of a Cold War showdown with the Soviet Union.
He graduated from high school in and in enlisted in the Army, where he proved to be a disciplined and meticulous soldier. While in the military, McVeigh befriended fellow soldier Nichols, who was more than a dozen years his senior and shared his survivalist interests.
At the time, the American military was downsizing after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Another result of the end of the Cold War was that McVeigh shifted his ideology from a hatred of foreign communist governments to a suspicion of the U.
McVeigh, Nichols and their associates were deeply radicalized by such events as the August shoot-out at Ruby RidgeIdahobetween federal agents and survivalist Randy Weaver at his rural cabin, and the Waco siege of April,in which 75 members of a Branch Davidian religious sect died near Waco, Texas.
McVeigh planned an attack on the Murrah Building, which housed regional offices of such federal agencies as the Drug Enforcement Agencythe Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosivesthe agency that had launched the initial raid on the Branch Davidian compound.
On April 19,the two-year anniversary of the disastrous end to the Waco siege, McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck loaded with a diesel-fuel-fertilizer bomb outside the Murrah Building and fled. Minutes later, the massive bomb exploded. McVeigh and Nichols Sentenced On June 2,McVeigh was convicted on all 11 counts against him, and on August 14 the death penalty was formally imposed.
The following year, Fortier, who had met McVeigh in the Army, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to warn authorities about the Oklahoma City bombing plan. Fortier was released from prison in and entered the witness protection program.
In DecemberNichols was found guilty on one count of conspiracy and eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, for killing federal law enforcement personnel, and was sentenced to life in prison. Inhe was tried on state charges in Oklahoma and convicted of counts of first-degree murder, including fetal homicide.
He received consecutive life terms in prison. Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum In DecemberMcVeigh asked a federal judge to stop all appeals of his convictions and to set a date for his execution.
The request was granted, and on June 11,McVeigh, at age 33, died by lethal injection at the U. He was the first federal prisoner to be put to death since The bombing of the Alfred P.
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