John Walker Lindh, the California man captured while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to two charges Monday in a surprise deal that will spare him from spending the rest of his life in prison.

Walker pleaded guilty to one charge of supplying services to the Taliban and another charge, not originally in the indictment, that he carried explosives in the commission of a felony.

Under terms of his deal with prosecutors, Walker, 21, will be out of jail before he turns 42. He has agreed to serve two 10-year prison sentences and will cooperate fully with U.S. authorities in their terror investigation.

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