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Mastermind in trade center bombing to be sentenced

Yousef was convicted last November of the World Trade Center bombing   

Ramzi Yousef could get life in prison

January 8, 1998
Web posted at: 8:04 a.m. EST (1304 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Ramzi Yousef, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 bombing at New York's World Trade Center, was to be sentenced Thursday and could receive a maximum term of life in prison without parole. The attack killed six people and injured more than 1,000.

After three days of deliberation in November, a federal jury convicted Yousef and Eyad Ismoil on murder and conspiracy charges for their roles in a plot by Islamic extremists to topple the trade center's two 110-story towers to punish the United States for its support of Israel.

Ismoil was accused of driving a truck with a 1,200-pound bomb into the trade center's parking garage, where it was detonated on February 26, 1993. He's scheduled to be sentenced next month.

World Trade Center bombing
Aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993   

Yousef also will be sentenced on an earlier conviction for his failed plan to plant bombs on U.S. airliners flying out of the Far East.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, both Yousef and Ismoil face probable terms of life in prison on five of the charges for which they were convicted, prosecutors said after the convictions.

Four other men have already been convicted in the case, each receiving a sentence of 240 years in prison.

Another suspect, Adul Rahman Yasin, is still being sought and is believed to be hiding in Iraq.

Correspondent Peg Tyre contributed to this report.


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