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Feds Seek Delay in Terrorism Sentence

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to once again delay sentencing for convicted millennium terrorist Ahmed Ressam, saying it’s the only way to ensure he will continue to provide information related to other terrorism cases around the country. The Algerian national was convicted in April 2001 of nine charges, including smuggling and terrorist conspiracy, in what investigators described as an unsuccessful plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 1, 2000. “In recent interviews, Ressam has been less than fully cooperative,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Hamilton and Francis J. Diskin wrote in a motion scheduled to be heard Wednesday. “Ressam may have a growing discontent with his overall situation and may well refuse to cooperate further after he is sentenced.” Ressam could face as much as 130 years in prison under federal guidelines, but in exchange for his cooperation, the government suggested it might ask for as little as 27 years. U.S. District Chief Judge John C. Coughenour has agreed to delay Ressam’s sentencing multiple times, most recently for one year, until March 13. Full Story

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