U.S. appeals court says terror sentence too light

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Posted: Mar 12, 2012 11:53 AM
U.S. appeals court says terror sentence too light

By Dan Levine

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday overturned the 22-year prison term of the so-called "Millennium Bomber" as too lenient, and sent the case back to a lower court for re-sentencing.

Ahmed Ressam was convicted in connection with a plot to detonate explosives at Los Angeles International Airport, and sentenced to a 22 year prison term. However, prosecutors appealed the sentence as too lenient, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

Ressam had planned an attack to take place on December 31, 1999.

(Reporting By Dan Levine; Editing by Jackie Frank)