US seeks max prison terms in Sears Tower plot

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 12:10 PM

Federal prosecutors in Miami want the maximum prison sentences for five men convicted of plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices.

Prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday a federal judge should reject pleas for leniency. Ringleader Narseal Batiste faces up to 70 years behind bars, with the other four men facing between 30 and 50 years.

Three days of sentencing hearings are set to begin Wednesday.

The men were convicted in May of supporting terrorism, conspiring to wage war on the U.S. and other charges. Two previous trials ended in mistrials, and two other men were acquitted. The men insisted they plotted no terror attacks.

The 110-story Chicago skyscraper is now called the Willis Tower.