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Son of Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator pleads guilty to Nevada robbery


LAS VEGAS — The troubled son of imprisoned Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols pleaded guilty Wednesday in Las Vegas to kidnapping and armed robbery in a case that will earn him at least five years in prison. of Nevada.

Joshua Isaac Nichols and a co-defendant, George William Moya III, each reached plea deals that avoided a trial next month in Clark County District Court for felony charges in a February 2020 attack on a man in the suburbs of Henderson.

Moya, 27, pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon and is expected to receive a sentence of four to 15 years in state prison.

Nichols, 40, could end up serving more than 17 years in prison, according to his written plea agreement.

Both men remained jailed on Wednesday, although Nichols’ plea deal allows him to post $50,000 bond to be released under high-level electronic monitoring pending sentencing on June 14.

“We are pleased with the outcome and Joshua looks forward to spending quality time with his family,” Augustus Claus, Nichols’ defense attorney, told The Associated Press.

Moya’s attorney, Michael Printy, did not immediately respond to phone and email messages.

Nichols, now 40, moved with his mother to Las Vegas after divorcing 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 federal life sentences without the possibility of parole for helping Timothy McVeigh carry out the bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001.

Joshua Nichols has been arrested and convicted several times over the years in Nevada, and has previously served time in prison for felony convictions dating back to 2005, including assault with a gun, vehicle theft and resisting a police officer. He has in the past admitted to receiving treatment for drug addiction.

In Wednesday’s case, Nichols and Moya were accused of luring a 67-year-old jeweler to a vacant house in Henderson and robbing him at gunpoint of money, jewelry, clothes and a cell phone.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.