Headley was sentenced on 12 counts, including conspiracy to aid the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in attacking landmark targets in Mumbai. (Read) The American conducted meticulous scouting missions in India before the 10 LeT militants sailed into Mumbai from Pakistan and carried out the devastating assault.
The maximum sentence was life in prison. Headley, 52, pleaded guilty and cooperated to avoid the death penalty and extradition to India.
While pronouncing the sentence, the judge said he did not have "any faith in Mr Headley when he says that he is a changed person now...and wants to live by American values." He also said that he had "a duty to protect the public from Mr Headley and ensure that he does not get into any further terrorist activities. He commits crime, cooperates and then gets rewarded for the cooperation."
(With inputs from Agencies)
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