Moussaoui begins serving life sentence

May 13, 2006 at 2:05 PM

FLORENCE, Colo., May 13 (UPI) -- Convicted al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui Saturday began serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison in Colorado, U.S. marshals said.

A team of deputy U.S. marshals delivered him early Saturday to the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colo. The prison is sometimes called the "Alcatraz in the Rockies," CNN reported.

"It is a place of extraordinary security, 23 hours a day in cells, one hour of recreation," CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said at the time of Moussaoui's sentencing earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Other inmates include Olympic Games bomber Eric Rudolph, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols and Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Moussaoui pleaded guilty more than a year ago to six counts of terrorism conspiracy connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but he was not charged with direct involvement in the plot.

The government sought to impose the death penalty, but a jury sentenced him instead to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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