American sentenced to 35 years for role in Mumbai terror attacks
In a courtroom drawing, David Coleman Headley pleads guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago in 2010.
January 24th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

American sentenced to 35 years for role in Mumbai terror attacks

[Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET] A federal judge in Chicago on Thursday sentenced Chicagoan David Headley to 35 years in prison for his role in the deadly 2008 siege in Mumbai, India that killed more than 160 individuals including six U.S. citizens.

[Posted at 04:07 a.m. ET] American David Headley is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge in Illinois today for his role in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

Headley, 52, has admitted conducting advance surveillance for the attacks that killed 160 people.

Although he could receive life in prison, the Justice Department is recommending that a federal judge sentence him to 30 to 35 years because he cooperated with U.S. authorities after his arrest.

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  1. Mary

    I'm wondering what the recommended sentence would have been if it were a domestic terror attack. Of course we will see soon enough with all those homeland security prisons in waiting, won't we?

    January 24, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mary

    I'm wondering what the recommended sentence would have been if it were a domestic terror attack.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mary

    @ Cnn, This is beyond frustrating. Making me break up my comment in order for it to post, and now not even being able to post the rest of it !!!

    January 24, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    You can stop *wondering* these prisons will most likely close due to lack of interest! That and lack of use.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. isk

    he got just 35 years, its a shame on US judicial system, and shows the double standards of this country when it comes to fighting terrorism, n stupid hypocrisy.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ronvan

      Have to agree Isk! IF we truly want to fight terrorism then the sentence, for these animals, should be LIFE without parole at a minimum!

      January 25, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sats

    Probably he got 35yrs only because unfortunately for US there were six US citizens among the hundreds Indian killed.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. SB

    Wow. What a shameful deal making. Only 35 years for enabling murder of 166 people in Mumbai. So what if he collaborated after the murders, he should have served life without parole. Justice has definitely not been served in the case.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Vineet

    Its a shame ..certainly not justice to the lives lost by Indians. Also american media has not even mentioned this news on prime time. Certainly is not the case with domestic incidence.Pls stop using word Global terrorism when system has lost empathy to the suffering of other countries

    January 26, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse | Reply

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