Sentencing delay for terror plotter Jose Padilla
Sentencing delayed until March for convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla
Convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla will have to wait until March to find out the length of his new prison sentence.
Miami U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke this week granted a motion to put off the sentencing until March 4 after Padilla's lawyers and prosecutors agreed more time is needed. The hearing had been set for Jan. 29.
A federal appeals court ordered Cooke to impose a new sentence after concluding that his original 17-year sentence was too lenient. Padilla and two others were convicted in 2007 of conspiracy and terrorism support charges involving al-Qaida. Before that Padilla was without charge more than three years as an enemy combatant.
Padilla was initially accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in the U.S. Those charges were dropped.
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