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Bombing Prosecutor Resigns

September 16, 1999

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The U.S. attorney who helped prosecute Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing case has resigned, saying he planned to return to private practice.

Patrick M. Ryan said that while he was disappointed that Nichols did not receive the death penalty for the explosion that killed 168 people, he believed justice was done.

Ryan, 53, was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma 19 days before the bombing. He devoted the following three years to preparing the case for trial in Denver.

``I will never forget the many thousands of victims of the April 19, 1995, tragedy that I have worked with and met over the past several years,″ Ryan wrote in his letter of resignation to Attorney General Janet Reno. ``Their stories and faces are forever etched in my memory.″

He told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he would keep his promise to the victims not to write a book about the bombing.

``I think the facts are out,″ he said.

His resignation is effective Oct. 20.

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