The privileged student from an affluent Nigerian family who became known as the "underwear bomber" received four life sentences Thursday, the maximum penalty for trying to kill almost 300 people aboard a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009. "This court has no ability to control his motivation, which appears to be unchanged," said U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, before issuing the sentence to a packed courtroom in downtown Detroit. "I can control his opportunity to act on those intentions."
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab didn't react to the sentence but said "Allahu akbar," before being handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom. The sentence capped an international ordeal stretching from Detroit to Yemen, where Abdulmutallab underwent training as an al-Qaida operative. Five passengers of Northwest Flight 253 gave testimony Thursday about how their lives had changed but insisted the terror bid, and Abdulmutallab, were failures.
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