Father, son convicted in fatal Oregon bank bombing

By Teresa Carson

PORTLAND, Oregon (BestGrowthStock) – A father and son were found guilty on Wednesday of aggravated murder and other charges for a bank bombing three years ago near Portland that killed two policemen.

Bruce Turnidge, 59, and his son, Joshua, 34, were tried together for the December 12, 2008, bomb blast that killed two police officers and cost the Woodburn police chief his leg. A bank employee also was hurt in the failed robbery attempt.

The two were accused of making the bomb and planting it outside the West Coast Bank in Woodburn, Oregon, about 30 miles south of Portland. The device exploded as a police bomb squad technician was handling it. He was one of the two men killed.

Prosecutors characterized the father and son, who ran a family owned biodiesel company, as harboring anti-government sentiments.

A Salem, Oregon, jury deliberated less than a full day before finding each defendant guilty of 18 charges, including aggravated murder, attempted murder, assault and unlawful manufacture of a destructive device.

The two men stood silently and stone-faced, one at a time, as the judge pronounced the verdict for each separately — first the son, then the father.

The pair could be sentenced to death for their conviction. The penalty phase of the two-month-long trial was scheduled to begin on Thursday.

(Editing by Steve Gorman and Greg McCune)

Father, son convicted in fatal Oregon bank bombing