Walker Lindh sentenced to 20 years
Could be out of prison in less than 17 years-- John Walker Lindh was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday after tearfully telling a courtroom that he made a mistake in joining the Taliban,
Walker Lindh, the so-called "Taliban American," told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III that he "made a mistake by joining the Taliban" and "had I realized then what I know now about the Taliban I would never have joined them."
"Life is making choices and living with the consequences," Ellis said. "You made a bad choice to join the Taliban."
Walker Lindh sniffled, paused several times and nearly broke down during his 14-minute statement to the court before he was sentenced to spend two decades behind bars.
Lindh could get out of prison in less than 17 years. The judge gave him credit for the entire time he has been in custody, including the almost two months that he was in military custody, and good behavior could further reduce his sentence by 54 days each year. http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/10/04/lindh.statement/index.html
Okay guys, someone kills a bunch of members of your family. Your buddy sides with them. You manage to capture his ass. He says he is sorry and will not do it again. Do you just punish him a little and pay for the punishment or kill the jerk?
Here is the deal. He was on the wrong side. He supported a man who tried once to bomb the world trade center. He said in training he was offered a mission against the USA... That is in training. The mission happened to be 9/11. He knew what he was in. Kill the jerk!