Jury Reaches Verdict in Moussaoui Case

MAY 3, 2006 -- Zacarias Moussaoui is still defiant, after a jury found he should be sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As he was led out of the courtroom Wednesday he said: "America, you lost. I won." He clapped his hands as he was escorted away.

A federal judge near Washington will formally sentence the admitted al-Qaida conspirator Thursday to life in prison. The decision from the jury came in its seventh day of deliberations. The panel had only two choices: a death sentence or life in prison. The same panel decided in late March that Moussaoui was eligible for the death penalty for his role in the attacks.

The jury agreed with prosecutors that his lies prevented the government from stopping some of the hijackers. The jury did not reach the unanimity required for a death sentence. Three jurors decided Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the plot, and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all.

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