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Father Son Sentenced in Bank Bombing

Father Son Sentenced in Bank Bombing - The same jury that convicted a father-son team of planting a bomb that killed two police officers inside an Oregon bank has now recommended that both be put to death.

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge stood silently, betraying no emotion, as Judge Tom Hart read the jury's decision Wednesday.

The two will be formally sentenced Jan. 24. Hart can't overturn the jury's recommendation. Because the case involves a death sentence, it will be automatically appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Father Son Sentenced in Bank Bombing

The defendants' relatives later gathered on the steps of the Marion County courthouse.

"It's all in God's hands," said Janet Turnidge, Bruce's wife and Joshua's mother. Her family has been praying for the victims and hopes their relatives will some day find peace, she said.

Prosecutors urged jurors to sentence the men to death to prevent them from endangering prison staff or preaching their hatred for authorities to young prisoners.

Defense attorneys said the men would want to behave well in prison so they could continue seeing visitors.

Father Son Sentenced in Bank Bombing

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