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Algerian terrorist sentenced to 37 years

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SEATTLE, Wash. - An Algerian terrorist has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for plotting to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport over a decade ago.

Ahmed Ressam was arrested in December 1999 after driving off a ferry from Canada into Washington state with explosives in his trunk.

Ressam was twice ordered to serve 22-year terms by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour but the sentences were reversed on appeal both times.

Ressam's attorney decided on Wednesday that he should face at least three decades in jail to satisfy the appeals court, but no more than 34 years.

The Justice Department had sought life in prison because of his mass murder intent.