What Are Some Famous Court Convictions?


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Famous court convictions include serial killer Charles Manson, bank robber Patty Hearst and the Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh. The convictions occurred between 1971 and 1997 in the United States.

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Charles Manson committed several murders in the late 1960s, including the murder of actress Sharon Tate in Hollywood, California. Charles Manson was the leader of the Manson family, which included many young, loyal followers who participated in at least 35 murders. The first known murders occurred on Aug. 9, 1969 at Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills mansion. Charles Manson was convicted on Jan. 25, 1971 and was denied parole for the 12th time in 2012.

Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army on Feb. 4, 1974. Hearst was given the option of joining the SLA or being killed. She was involved in robbing the Hibernia Bank branch in San Francisco and spraying gunfire outside a sporting goods store. She was charged with armed bank robbery and use of a firearm in a felony. Although she said she was brainwashed, a jury convicted her on both counts. President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence in 1979.

Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for the April 15, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The death toll was 168, including 19 children who were in the building's daycare center. A jury convicted McVeigh on June 2, 1997, and he was sentenced to death by lethal injection. McVeigh was executed in June, 2001.

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