Convicted Al Qaeda supporter Jose Padilla, a US citizen once labeled an 'enemy combatant,' was given a 17-year sentence. In a rare ruling, a US appeals court called that too lenient.
The judge cited harsh military detention to justify a lighter term of 17 years in prison.
On Tuesday, a federal judge will announce Al Qaeda recruit's long-awaited prison sentence.
In sentencing, the judge must find that the convicted Al Qaeda recruit aimed to influence a government. But his trial has scant record of motive.
Five months after terror-conspiracy convictions, prosecutors and the defense still battle over the evidence.