FLORENCE, Colo. – A man sentenced to a life term for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoe has arrived at the Supermax federal prison near here.
Richard C. Reid was sentenced last week in Boston after pleading guilty to eight charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Reid, a British citizen who said he was a member of Al Qaeda, tried to light the explosives on a Paris-to-Miami American Airlines flight Dec. 22, 2001. Passengers and crew members overpowered him.
Pueblo Memorial Airport manager John O'Neal said the airport was closed briefly to other air traffic when Reid arrived Tuesday, escorted by U.S. Marshals. A prison spokeswoman confirmed his arrival.
The high security prison has housed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef.