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Crime Man sentenced to 25 years for trying to bomb Oklahoma bank

23:05  23 march  2020
23:05  23 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Michael was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to warn the United States government, and Lori received immunity from prosecution in Reno, Lon Horiuchi, and others in preference to attacking a building,[ 25 ] and after the bombing he said that he sometimes wished he had carried out a series

This article is more than 4 years old. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols faced three trials and a vast FBI investigation – but many An unrepentant McVeigh chose in the end to speed up his own death sentence . Oklahoma City has come to be overshadowed, of course, by the even bigger atrocities

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after being convicted of trying to blow up an Oklahoma City bank with a massive vehicle bomb, according to federal prosecutors.

FILE - This file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Jerry Drake Varnell, of Sayre, Okla., who was arrested Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in an alley adjacent to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City. Varnell has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of trying to blow up an Oklahoma City bank with a half-ton (450-kilogram) vehicle bomb. Prosecutors say Varnell was sentenced Monday, March 23, 2020, in federal court in Oklahoma City. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Jerry Drake Varnell, of Sayre, Okla., who was arrested Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in an alley adjacent to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City. Varnell has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of trying to blow up an Oklahoma City bank with a half-ton (450-kilogram) vehicle bomb. Prosecutors say Varnell was sentenced Monday, March 23, 2020, in federal court in Oklahoma City. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Jerry Drake Varnell, 26, of Sayre, was sentenced in federal court in Oklahoma City. When he is released from prison, he'll be under supervision for the rest of his life.

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(Reuters) - An Oklahoma man has been arrested by the FBI on charges that he tried to blow up an Oklahoma City bank building with a van he thought Varnell was charged with malicious attempted destruction of a building in interstate commerce and could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Roderick Young said 25 years may be a long sentence , but it is needed because Mara likely would commit more “Certainly, there is a strong need to protect unsuspecting bank tellers and bank customers all over the United States from a serial bank robber such as Mara

Varnell was arrested in August 2017 as he tried to detonate what he believed was a half-ton (450-kilogram) bomb outside BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City. The FBI had learned of Varnell's plan and an undercover agent posed as someone who could help construct the bomb, but instead provided inert materials.

Varnell was convicted in February 2019.

Defense attorneys claimed Varnell was entrapped and his parents testified that he is a paranoid schizophrenic, even though he was found mentally competent.

“We are thankful he did not get a sentence of life” in prison, which prosecutors had sought, defense attorney Vicki Behenna said Monday.

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