Timothy McVeigh was not the only participating party in this. Also involved was Terry Nichols,
Terry Nichols would actually stand trial twice for his unspeakable crimes. The federal government tried him first in 1997. He was found quilty of "conspiring to build a weapon of mass destruction" and eight counts of "involuntary manslaughter of federal officers". Terry was sentenced to life without the chance of parole on 4 June 1998. Then in 2000, the State of Oklahoma would get it's chance.... they sought the death-penalty on 161 counts of first-degree murder (160 non-federal agents and one fetus). On May 26, 2004 a jury of his peers would find him quilty of all counts, but could not agree on the death-penalty issue. Judge Steven W. Taylor, presiding judge would decide on a sentence of 161 consecutive life terms without the chance for parole. Later in 2005, acting on a tip; FBI Agents would search a crawl space in
On April 24, 1997 Timothy McVeigh would stand trial for his part in this horrible attack he executed on Oklahoma City. When all evidence was heard and closing arguments were silenced, it took the jury 23 hours to come back with a verdict. The gury would find McVeigh quilty on eleven counts of murder and conspiracy. The defense for McVeigh tried to get a reduced sentence of "Life in Prision", but it wasn't going to fly this time. McVeigh would be sentenced to DIE!
In May of 2001, the FBI made it public that they had withheld over 3000 documents from McVeigh's defense team. A stay of execution was ordered until further review of the documents could be made. On June 6, 2001 Judge Richard Paul Matsch ruled that none of the documents could prove McVeigh's innocents and ordered the execution to go forward. Because McVeigh was sentenced to Death in a Federal Court, the President had to approve the execution. Once President George W. Bush approved the execution he was sentenced to die by leathal injection.
On June 11, 2001 Timothy McVeighs sentence was carried out at a U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana by leathal injection. The execution was witnessed over closed circuit TV so that the relatives of the victims could witness his execution if they so chose to do so. McVeigh's execution would be the first for the Federal Government in 38 years.
Other accomplices were Michael and Terry Fortier. Michael helped case the Murry Building prior to the bombing and his wife Terry helped laminate the fake ID that would later be used to rent the Ryder Truck that was used in the bombing. In exchange for his testimony against McVeigh and Nichols, Fortier received a reduced sentence and his wife received immunity by the request of her husband for his testimony. Fortiner was released early on good behavior and is now in the Witness Protection Program
In the wake of this devastation, Congress has enacted new legislation, new safeguards have been set in place for current Federal Building and new construction guidelines have also been created for new construction. In wake of the attack on Oklahoma City, the new security measures put in place at all Federal Buildings cost in excess of $600 million.