Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jury Spares 9/11 Plotter from Death

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jury Spares 9/11 Plotter from Death

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Al qaida plotter Zacarias Moussaoui is preparing to spend the rest of his life in jail today for his role in the September 11 attacks, after escaping the death penalty.

The British-educated Frenchman of Moroccan decent, the only person charged in the US over the events of 9/11, clapped his hands as he was led from the courtroom and shouted: "America, you lost... I won."

His life was spared by a jury of nine men and three women who failed to reach the unanimous decision required to condemn him to execution. The 37-year-old is expected to start a life sentence without parole at the federal maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado.

Reaction from victims' families was mixed after the verdict in Alexandria, Virginia, but many said they thought jail without the prospect of release was the right decision. Carie LeMack, who lost her mother, said: "This man was an al Qaida wannabe...who deserves to rot in jail." But Patricia Reilly, who lost her sister, said: "I guess in this country you can kill 3,000 people and not pay with your life. …

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