Ahmed Ressam was arrested in 1999 as he entered the United States from Canada by ferry with explosives loaded in his car trunk. A judge included a 10-year minimum sentence in his prison term for carrying explosives while committing a serious crime.
The 9th Circuit appeals court ruled last year that the 10-year minimum penalty was too open-ended, only to be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The new ruling is based on a guideline established last year with the judges ordering a new sentencing hearing.
At Ressam's original sentencing hearing in Los Angeles, where he allegedly planned to bomb the airport, his lawyers asked for a 12 1/2-year term while prosecutors wanted 35 years. Both sides appealed the sentence.