By the time it was for McVeigh to go to court, it was April 24th, 1997. (Nichlos had a separate trial without McVeigh.) Forteir plead guilty and agreed to work with the government against McVeigh and Nichols to be lighter charges, but still, he faced 12 years in prison for 8 counts of man-slaughter, use mass-destruction weapon and first-degree murder; he was released after serving 10. Even Fortier’s wife plead guilty to knowing the plan and transporting weapons for McVeigh.
The trial itself was not held in Oklahoma, for the jury thought that would not be fair for defendant McVeigh. Instead, it was in Denver, Colorado.
Obviously, both McVeigh and Nichols plead not guilty in their trials.
McVeigh's’ lawyer was Stephen Jones, a Republican activist, he left out many key facts that were known to everyone. Together, the defendant side had a total of 25 witnesses, none whose stories were possible or were been able to be proved possible.
On the plaintiff side, there were 137 witnesses, most telling their stories of what happened to them or their families and friends on the day of the bombing. Also McVeigh’s sister, Jennifer, and his parents were also there. Jennifer told the jury of his knowledge of constructing bombs, while his parents were quiet.
Of all the witnesses, Fortier was the most helpful to put the pieces together. He told everything that had happened since McVeigh started the planning of the attack.
On June 13th, 1997, after 23 hours of debate in the jury, the agreed to have the McVeigh was sentenced to death. Nichols was sentenced life in prison.