Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
sentenced to life in prison for being co-conspirator in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma
City federal building, the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. The state charges
are for the other 160 victims and one victim's fetus. Bud Welch, a death-penalty opponent whose
daughter, Julie-Marie Welch, died in the bombing, said even some families who were angry that
Nichols was spared a death sentence in his federal trial opposed the state charges. "It just made
sense the jury would not go for the death penalty," Welch said.
During the sentencing portion of his June 2004
retrial, defense witnesses testified that Nichols had worn out four Bibles through prayer and
research, and that he wrote an 83-page letter to a prayer partner in Michigan while trying to
make a point about Christian faith. Lawyers for both the prosecution and defense agreed
jurors were influenced in this June 2004 retrial verdict by Nichols's religious conversion.
Nichols was also portrayed as susceptible to manipulation by Timothy J. McVeigh, the
"Terry Nichols's belief in God is so firm that he
believes if the rapture occurred today, he is going to heaven," defense attorney Creekmore
Wallace told jurors. After convicting him of 161 counts of murder in just five hours, the
jurors wrestled with his punishment for 19 1/2 hours before concluding they could not agree
on a penalty. The deadlock means that Nichols will automatically be sentenced to life in
prison for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, the worst act
of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. Wallace said Nichols's religious conversion is
genuine, and that jurors may also have believed that Nichols was used by McVeigh, who was
executed on federal murder charges on June 11, 2001.
He received the same sentence in 1998 on federal
convictions for the deaths of eight federal law enforcement officers. That jury deadlocked
after 13 1/2 hours of deliberation.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 13 June 2004)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now