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 25 years in prison for raising funds for the militant group Hezbollah. He was originally sentenced 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 has been imprisoned for about a decade.
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.
Hammoud told the court he made a mistake in betraying the trust of the United States.