Joshua Nichols, the son of domestic terrorist Terry Nichols, has been arrested. The 36-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday night after a standoff with Metro Police and the U.S. Marshals. He was wanted for violating conditions of probation.
Nichols has a lengthy criminal history which includes assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting an officer with a weapon, and more. His record with the Nevada Department of Corrections dates back to 2005.
“It’s sad that you know we’re here, but I believe that he’s ready to get the help that he needs,” his wife Nadine Nichols said.
She sat down with the I-Team for an interview on Thursday, which happened to be the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.
“I mean, he’s an amazing guy,” she said.
Loved ones told the I-Team Nichols has a drug problem which they believe stems from the guilt he lives with due to his father’s actions. He was 12 years old when the Oklahoma City bombing happened in 1995.
A total of 168 people were killed, including 19 children and more than 500 people were injured.
“They teased him. They named him ‘bomber.’ They named him that, and I guess he got beat up, you know, he had to; he couldn’t go to school,” Nadine said.
She told the I-Team Josh didn’t believe his father could commit such an act until details were revealed after a criminal trial.
“That’s a difficult burden to bear that your dad did those things,” Nichols’ attorney, Tony Abbatangelo said. “These issues can be addressed. There’s still a future for Josh to be a positive member of the community.”
Nadine Nichols said she hopes her husband will get help. Abbatangelo said the next step is a parole hearing. Nichols is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
“He’s ready now,” Nadine said. “Like I think this is it. If he doesn’t get help, this is it.”