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Federal Building after the bombing
By the Daily Oklahoman/SABA
The Deadliest Act
It happened just minutes after 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995. Many of the 550 people who worked in Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building were heading to their offices when a truck bomb tore down the north face of the building. The explosion killed 168 people — the deadliest mass murder on U.S. soil. Our interactive time line traces the events of the last 2½ years.


Terry Nichols AP File Photo
Terry L. Nichols: Life in Prison
Calling him "an enemy of the Constitution," a federal judge on June 4, 1998 sentenced Terry L. Nichols to life in prison without parole for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Nichols also will serve eight six-year terms concurrently for his conviction on eight counts of involuntary manslaughter.


Timothy McVeigh
AP File Photo
McVeigh: Death Sentence Appeal
A federal jury in June 1997 convicted Timothy J. McVeigh on all counts connected with the bombing and sentenced him to death. McVeigh and his attorneys angrily parted ways in August, forcing the court to appoint him a new attorney for the appeals process.

Updated Spring 1998

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