- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Sentencing is underway for two al Qaeda-inspired extremists convicted of murdering an off-duty British soldier who was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street.

Self-described “soldier of Allah” Michael Adebolajo and accomplice Michael Adebowale were convicted in December of murdering 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was struck by a car and then repeatedly stabbed with knives and a cleaver in front of horrified passersby.

The May 22 attack shocked Britain and inflamed fears of Islamic extremist terrorism in the country.

The pair appeared in the dock Wednesday as prosecutors and defense lawyers made final comments.

In his testimony, the 29-year-old Adebolajo told the court that he and 22-year-old Adebowale had decided to kill a British soldier as revenge for attacks on Muslims abroad.

** FILE ** This undated file image released on Thursday May 23, 2013, by the British Ministry of Defence, shows Lee Rigby, who was attacked and killed by two men in the Woolwich area of London on May 23, 2013. A prosecutor outlined the chilling tactics used to nearly decapitate an unarmed British soldier on a London street, as two men went on trial Friday Nov. 29, 2013 in connection with the suspected extremist attack. (AP Photo/MOD, File)
** FILE ** This undated file image released on Thursday May 23, ... more >