The notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, dubbed the Merchant of Death, made it clear he had heard enough in court, although a federal prosecutor was only two minutes into an argument urging a harsh prison sentence. "It's a lie!" Bout blurted out in English _ a rare show of raw defiance for a defendant facing a possible life term on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.
Despite Bout's outburst and his insistence that he was framed, he received only the mandatory minimum 25 years in prison in a case that demonstrated the U.S. government's determination to bring him to justice. The way federal agents went about capturing Bout _ an elaborate sting that lured him to Thailand _ appeared to play in his favor at his sentencing in federal court.
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