- Associated Press - Thursday, January 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A judge has shaved more than 100 years off the sentence of the first man convicted under a key terror-fighting legal strategy.

The federal judge ruled Thursday that Mohamad Hammoud will spend another 20 years in prison for raising funds for the militant group Hezbollah. He was originally sentenced in 2002 to 155 years in prison after he was found guilty of providing material support to a terrorist organization. That charge has become a go-to tactic for prosecutors in the war on terror.

Hammoud’s lawyers had hoped he could be released sooner, but prosecutors wanted the original sentence to be upheld.

In his ruling, Judge Graham Mullen said in light of subsequent cases, the original sentence was excessive.

Judge Mullen initially resentenced Hammoud on Thursday to a total of 35 years but calcuated the sentence incorrectly. He brought the defendant back in the courtroom and reduced it to 30 years.

 

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