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Posted: 1/17/2006 5:37:22 PM EDT


Witness in Okla. City Bombing to Be Freed

Michael Fortier, Star Witness in Oklahoma City Bombing Trial, Scheduled for Release

OKLAHOMA CITY Jan 17, 2006 — Michael Fortier, the prosecution's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing trials, is scheduled to be released from federal prison Friday, victims' relatives said.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has notified family members of several bombing victims of Fortier's impending release, the relatives said Tuesday. He still must serve three years of supervised release.

Fortier, who served in the Army with bombing conspirators Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for knowing about the bomb plot and not telling authorities.

He also pleaded guilty to helping McVeigh and Nichols move and sell stolen guns, and for lying to federal authorities after the Oklahoma City bombing. The 1995 attack destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and killed 168 people.



http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1515983&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 5:45:40 PM EDT
Misprison is a tough case to prosecute, much less get a conviction. IMHO, Fortier didn't know much about the bombing beforehand. He knew enough that he probably should have contacted authorities, but I think that a lot of people would have been hesitant to report someone to the FBI without concrete proof.


That being said, I think that he will probably suffer a tragic accident within a year of his release.
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