Shoe-Bomber Set to Be Sentenced in U.S.
Richard Reid, a British-born follower of Osama bin Laden, will learn on Thursday how many years he must spend behind bars for trying to bring down a transatlantic flight with explosives stuffed in his shoes. Despite a last-ditch attempt by Reid’s lawyers to delay his sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge William Young was still scheduled to proceed with a sentencing hearing beginning at 2 p.m. EST. Reid, 29, a petty criminal who converted to Islam while in a British prison, faces between 60 years and life in prison after he pleaded guilty to trying to bring down American Airlines Flight 63 on Dec. 22, 2001, as it flew to Miami from Paris. Full Story