James Nichols, the brother of one of the suspects in the Oklahoma bombing, was freed from jail Tuesday, one day after a federal judge rejected prosecutors’ attempts to link him to the attack.
The 41-year-old Nichols, who had been jailed since April 21, first as a material witness in the bombing case and later on unrelated explosives charges, appeared elated upon his release.
Alternately smiling and choking back tears, Nichols thanked his family and friends, who kept up his Sanilac County farm while he was behind bars.
“I am just glad to be out, free, so I can get on with my life,” he told reporters before U.S. marshals escorted him out of the courthouse.
On Monday, a federal judge ordered Nichols freed, saying prosecutors failed to link him to the bombing case.