Appeals Court Tosses Jose Padilla Sentence

The appeals court ruled that the 17-year prison sentence was too lenient

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    An October 1991 black and white mug shot of Jose Padilla.

    A federal appeals court has thrown out the 17-year prison sentence imposed on convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.

    A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the sentence imposed by a Miami federal judge was too lenient. The appeals court sent the case back for a new
    sentencing hearing.

    Padilla and two co-conspirators were convicted in 2007 after a three-month trial in which prosecutors said they sent money, recruits and supplies to Islamic extremist groups including al-Qaida. The appeals ruling upheld all the convictions. 

    Padilla was arrested in 2002 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on suspicion of plotting to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb."

    He was held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant without criminal charge.