Ahmed Abu Khattala, a 47-year-old Libyan national, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison on federal terrorism charges for the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi back in 2012.
U.S. District Judge Christopher R. “Casey” Cooper presided over the sentencing according to a statement released by the Justice Department.
In all honesty, this still seems like Khattala is getting off far too easy.
“Even if you did not pour the gasoline or light the match, the evidence showed you were aware of the attack, and once the gates were breached, the likelihood someone would die was extreme high. This was not guilt by association,” Cooper told Khattala, according to The Washington Post.
The judge added, “This case stands as an exemplar for the principle that a defendant accused of international terrorism can get a fair trial in the U.S. criminal justice system.”
Four Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, State Department official Sean Smith and security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, both onetime Navy SEALs.
Prosecutors accused the defendant, who was captured in Libya on June 15, 2014, of heading an extremist militia and directing the attacks. But prosecutors also acknowledged they lacked evidence of his having fired any weapons. The government’s case against him relied heavily on the testimony of informants.
Khattala was found guilty in November, as Fox News previously reported, on just four of 18 charges, precluding him from facing the death penalty. He was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, one count of maliciously destroying U.S. property and placing lives in danger, and one count of using and carrying a semiautomatic weapon during the attack.
If we are going to claim to be a just society, there’s no way a man like Khattala should be allowed to finish living out his natural life. The death penalty is the only just punishment for the deaths this man was responsible for. Unfortunately, our society this day and age goes soft on evil, somehow believing allowing wicked murderers to live is virtuous.
It’s not. In fact, it’s the opposite of virtue. It’s the devaluing of human life. If life is sacred and truly made in the image of God, there’s no greater insult to Him than to assault life so egregiously. It’s great he’s getting punished, but more should’ve been done.
Source: Fox News
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