Friday, Sept. 6, 1996 | 11:59 a.m.
Birges died last week at the Southern Nevada Correctional Center in Jean, 16 years and one day after a 1,000-pound, homemade bomb was rolled into Harvey's Resort Hotel-Casino with an extortion note.
Birges was convicted in 1981 on federal bombing and extortion charges. In 1985 he was convicted on related state charges. In 1993, he was transferred to the state prison system in ill health.