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Terrorist sentenced to life

A Virginia man convicted of plotting to kill President George W. Bush was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.

The Washington Post reports that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali of Falls Church was convicted in 2005 of joining an al-Qaeda conspiracy to mount a series of attacks and assassinations in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the conviction last year but sent the case back for resentencing, indicating that the 30-year sentence he was originally given should be more severe.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee agreed, saying that Abu Ali’s release would threaten “the safety of the American citizenry.”

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