Terry Nichols says prosecutors are trying to get a judge to do what a jury would not - sentence him to life in prison without parole for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, Nichols' lawyers argued he deserved a minimum sentence for his conviction on conspiracy and manslaughter, noting that a jury refused to return a death sentence or even life in prison.But federal prosecutors, in a separate motion, said Nichols deserved the most the judge could impose, life in prison without parole.

Nichols, 42, was convicted last month of conspiracy and manslaughter, but acquitted of murder and weapons charges.