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Man sentenced to 37 years in US millennium plot

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 23:28

Seattle: An Algerian-born man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport around the turn of the new millennium.

Ahmed Ressam was arrested in December 1999 as he drove off a ferry from Canada into Washington state with a trunk full of explosives.

US District Judge John C Coughenour had twice ordered him to serve 22-year terms, but both times the sentences were reversed on appeal.
Ressam`s attorneys today conceded that he should face at least three decades to satisfy the appeals courts.

The Justice Department had sought life in prison because of the mass murder he intended to inflict and because he recanted his cooperation with federal investigators.


First Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 23:28
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