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MIAMI (Reuters) - Jose Padilla, a Chicago gang member once accused by the Bush administration of plotting a radioactive bomb attack, was sentenced by a U.S. court on Tuesday to 17 years and four months in prison for supporting terrorism.
He and two co-defendants were convicted in August on charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people abroad, conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism, and providing material support for terrorism.
All three had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Co-defendant Adham Hassoun was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison and Kifah Jayyousi was sentenced to 12 years and eight months.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke noted in her sentence that while the crimes were "serious," no acts of terrorism were carried out on U.S. soil, and there was no plot to overthrow the U.S. government.
"There was no evidence the defendants had personally killed or maimed anyone," she said.
"The sentence will serve to inform others ... that conspiracy to support murder, maiming and kidnapping will not be tolerated in this country."