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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Moussaoui sentenced to life in prison
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 3, 2006, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui sentenced the admitted terrorist to life in prison without the possibility of release. The jury's recommendation was accepted by Judge Leonie Brinkema, despite the fact that Moussaoui had been ruled eligible for the death sentence during the first phase of his sentencing trial. Moussaoui pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy charges in connection with the 9/11 terrorist attacks over the objections of his attorneys. Following the sentencing, Moussaoui attempted to withdraw his guilty plea unsuccessfully. Following the trial, it was revealed in news reports that a single, anonymous juror had voted to spare Moussaoui's life.

Zacarias Moussaoui

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