I thought this might be of interest to those who haven’t seen this information, which is being circulated via e-mail. I checked out the truth of the story at Snopes.com and this is an accurate report of the verdict delivered by Judge William Young in the case of Richard C. Reid, a would-be terrorist who was prevented from igniting plastic explosives hidden in his shoe on an American Airlines flight in 2001.
After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid boasted of his “allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,” defiantly adding: “I think I will not apologize for my actions … I am at war with your country.”
Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below.
“Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.
“On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively. (That’s 80 years.)
“On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.
“The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.
“This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.