Son of Oklahoma City bombing accomplice pleads guilty to Henderson robbery
The son of Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols pleaded guilty on Wednesday to robbery and kidnapping charges.
Updated March 15, 2023 - 1:24 pm
The son of Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping and robbing a 67-year-old Henderson man in 2020.
Joshua Nichols, 40, was arrested in March 2020 after a jeweler told police that Nichols had robbed him at gunpoint in a vacant home, according to an arrest report. He pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a deadly weapon during a court hearing on Wednesday, while his co-defendant, George Moya, pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.
“It was a fair outcome,” defense attorney Augustus Claus said following the hearing.
Joshua Nichols’ father helped Timothy McVeigh build a bomb that killed 168 people at an Oklahoma City federal building in April 1995.
In June 2021, Joshua Nichols pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of escaping from electronic supervision after he cut an electronic monitoring bracelet while awaiting trial in the robbery case. He was sentenced in August 2021 to a year in the Clark County Detention Center, court records show.
In 2009, Joshua Nichols pleaded guilty to stealing a Yamaha motorcycle in Las Vegas and was given probation. His father is serving a life sentence for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001.
Joshua Nichols’ bail had been set at $150,000 in the robbery case, but District Judge Carli Kierny lowered his bail to $50,000 after accepting his guilty plea on Wednesday.
According to the guilty plea agreement, Nichols agreed to a sentence of five years to 17 years, six months in prison, although a judge has the final say in his sentence. If a judge does not sentence him to the agreed time, then he could withdraw his plea and proceed to a trial.
The jeweler told police that Nichols, Moya and a woman who has not been charged lured him to a vacant home in Henderson. Nichols was accused of taking $1,700 in cash from the victim’s wallet and stealing his jacket, bracelets, a ring and a cellphone, according to an arrest report.
Nichols remained in jail on Wednesday. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14.
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