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Prosecutors sought a sentence of 12½ years.

In his plea agreement, Warsame admitted to conspiring with others to help al Qaeda beginning in 2000. Authorities claim he attended an al Qaeda training camp run by Osama bin Laden, dined with the terrorist leader, attended another camp and fought with the Taliban.


Tax evaders face decades in prison

CONCORD — Tax evaders Ed and Elaine Brown were convicted Thursday on all counts of plotting to kill federal agents during a nine-month standoff at their fortlike home in rural New Hampshire.

The Browns, in their 60s, face a mandatory minimum 30-year prison sentence on one charge alone.

The Browns holed up in their hilltop home in early 2007 to avoid arrest after being convicted of tax evasion. They amassed an arsenal of high-powered weapons and explosives, including booby-traps in woods surrounding the home.

During the trial, Ed Brown testified that the weapons were for self-defense, saying he believed the government planned to kill him and his wife. The two were arrested in October 2007 without incident.


Madoff won’t appeal 150-year term

NEW YORK — Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff will not appeal his 150-year sentence for a fraud that unraveled overnight in December when Madoff confessed to his sons that nearly $65 billion he promised investors was safe was actually only worth a few hundred million dollars.

“We won’t be appealing the sentence,” Madoff’s lawyer, Ira Sorkin, said Thursday. He declined to say why the decision was made.

Madoff, 71, was sentenced last week for a fraud that spanned at least two decades. He pleaded guilty in March to charges that he bilked thousands of investors out of billions of dollars.

From wire dispatches and staff reports