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Judge Re-Imposes 22-Year Sentence on Would-Be Millennium Bomber

A federal judge on Wednesday re-imposed a 22-year prison sentence for terrorist Ahmed Ressam, an Al Qaeda-trained terrorist convicted of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport at the turn of the millennium.An appeals court had told U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to recalculate the 22-year term he handed down three years ago, but Coughenour kept the same sentence. Prosecutors earlier had sought a 45-year term for Ressam, but on Wednesday recommended a life term because they said Ressam has stopped cooperating on other cases.Ressam told Coughenour that he recanted statements he made earlier implicating other alleged terrorists."I did not know what I was saying," Ressam said. "I have escaped my words, finally. ... Sentence me to life in prison or anything you wish. I will have no objection to your sentence. Thank you."In recent years, Ahmed Ressam has taken back statements he made implicating other terrorists, and prosecutors said he doesn't deserve the leniency Coughenou...

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