Son of Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator pleads guilty in Las Vegas to kidnapping and armed robbery
A son of imprisonment Oklahoma City Bombing Co-conspirator Terry Nichols pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas, which carries a minimum sentence of five years in a Nevada prison.
Joshua Isaac Nichols and a co-defendant, George William Moya III, each took plea deals that avoided trial on the felony charges next month in Clark County District Court. February 2020 attack On a man in suburban Henderson.
Moya, 27, pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon and is expected to serve four to 15 years in state prison.
Nichols, 40, could serve up to 17 years in prison, according to his written plea agreement.
Both men remained jailed Wednesday, though Nichols’ plea deal allows him to post $50,000 bail pending his June 14 sentencing on high-level electronic monitoring.
In Wednesday’s arraignment, Nichols and Moya were accused of luring a 67-year-old jeweler into a vacant Henderson home and robbing him of cash, jewelry, clothing and a cell phone at gunpoint.
“We are satisfied with the outcome, and Joshua is looking forward to spending some quality time with his family,” Nichols’ defense attorney, Augustus Clauss, told The Associated Press.
Moya’s attorney, Michael Prunty, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages.
Nichols, now 40, moved to Las Vegas with her mother after she divorced Terry Nichols years before the April 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people.
Terry Nichols, 65, is serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole for aiding Timothy McVeigh in the bombing. McVeigh was Executed in 2001..
Terry Nichols is being held in jail. “Super Max” prison in Florence, Colorado, which has housed a number of high-profile inmates, including unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon attacker Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 9/11 plotter Zakaria Moussaoui and convicted drug lords. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The facility is so secure and so remote that it has been called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”
Joshua Nichols has been arrested and convicted numerous times in Nevada over the years, and previously served time in 2005 for armed assault, carjacking and resisting a police officer. He has admitted to seeking drug abuse treatment in the past.
loved ones told CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in 2018 that Nicholas has a drug problem that he believes stems from the guilt he lives with due to his father’s actions. He was 12 years old when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred in 1995.
“They teased him. They named him ‘Bomber.’ They named him that, and I guess he got beat up, you know, he had to; he couldn’t go to school.” his wife, Nadine Nichols, told the station.