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.
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
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
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.