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Judge Questions Sentence in Al Qaeda Case

A man described as the leader of a group of Yemenite-Americans from Lackawanna, N.Y., who attended a training camp run by Al Qaeda was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge who questioned the term’s adequacy. “Perhaps in your case, it is not long enough,” the judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court, told Yahya Goba, 26, who pleaded guilty to supporting Al Qaeda earlier this year. Five other men from Lackawanna, a city just south of here, pleaded guilty to similar charges, with three receiving their sentences in the past week. In Mr. Goba’s case, Judge Skretny imposed the maximum sentence allowed by a 1996 law. He said that under federal sentencing guidelines Mr. Goba would have faced a term of 15 1/2 to 19 1/2 years if not for limits set by the 1996 law. Full Story

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