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Dad, son sentenced to death in Oregon bank bombing

4 years ago December 22, 2010 Dec 22, 2010 Wednesday, December 22 2010 Wednesday, December 22, 2010 1:00:55 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. - A jury has handed down death sentences for a man and his son who were convicted of planting a bomb that killed two Oregon police officers.

The sentences for 59-year-old Bruce Turnidge and 34-year-old Joshua Turnidge were read in a Salem courtroom Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the pair built and planted the bomb outside a Woodburn bank in 2008. The device exploded as state police bomb technician William Hakim tried to dismantle it, killing him and Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant.

Prosecutors had argued that a death sentence is the only way to protect the public from the Turnidges' violent, anti-government ideology.

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