Terrorist sentenced to 37 years in millennium plot

FILE - In a Dec. 26, 2009 file photo, airport police monitor the entrance of Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, File)

FILE - In a Dec. 26, 2009 file photo, airport police monitor the entrance of Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Algerian terrorist Ahmed Ressam has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport around the turn of the new millennium.

Ressam was arrested in December 1999 as he drove off a ferry from Canada into Washington state with a trunk full of explosives. U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour had twice ordered him to serve 22-year terms, but both times the sentences were reversed on appeal.

On Wednesday, Ressam's attorneys had conceded that he should face at least three decades to satisfy the appeals courts, but no more than 34 years.

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.

Associated Press
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