Posted: Dec 22, 2010 3:00 PM
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.