LAS VEGAS (AP) — The troubled son of Terry Nichols, an Oklahoma City prisoner and co-conspirator of the bombing, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Las Vegas to kidnapping and armed robbery in a case that will land him in court. least five years in a Nevada prison.
Joshua Isaac Nichols and a co-defendant, George William Moya III, accepted plea deals that avoided trial next month in Clark County District Court for felony charges in a February 2020 attack on a man in suburban Henderson.
Moya, 27, pleaded guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon and is expected to receive a sentence of four to 15 years in state prison.
Nichols, 40, could end up serving more than 17 years in prison, according to his written plea agreement.
Both men remained jailed Wednesday, although Nichols’ plea agreement allows him to post $50,000 bail to be released under high-level electronic monitoring pending sentencing on June 14.
«We are pleased with the outcome, and Joshua looks forward to spending quality time with his family,» Augustus Claus, Nichols’ defense attorney, told The Associated Press.
Moya’s attorney, Michael Printy, did not immediately respond to phone and email messages.
Nichols, now 40, moved with her mother to Las Vegas after she divorced Terry Nichols years earlier. the April 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City which killed 168 people.
Terry Nichols, 65, is serving multiple federal prison sentences of life without the possibility of parole for helping Timothy McVeigh carry out the bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001.
Joshua Nichols has been arrested and convicted multiple times over the years in Nevada, and was previously in prison for felony convictions dating back to 2005, including armed robbery, auto theft, and resisting a police officer. In the past, he acknowledged having received treatment for drug abuse.
In the case on Wednesday, Nichols and Moya were accused of luring a 67-year-old jeweler into a vacant Henderson home and robbing him of cash, jewelry, clothing and a cell phone at gunpoint.