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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Trade Center Bombers Get 240 Years in Jail

NEW YORK -- Four Moslem fundamentalists convicted in the World Trade Center bombing drew 240 years behind bars from a merciless judge who arrived at the sentence by adding up the victims' lost years of life. U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy angrily rejected the defendants' defiant claims of innocence, saying they robbed a nation of its sense of security. "Prior to February 26, 1993, this country was a much freer place," Duffy told Mohammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmud Abouhalima and Ahmad Ajaj on Tuesday. "Now we have guards. Now we have an identification card mentality. It's not quite as free." The explosion at the 110-story twin towers killed six people, injured more than 1,000 and caused $500 million in damage. The judge said he arrived at the sentences by calculating how much life was lost by the six killed -- a combined 180 years -- and adding 30 years each on two other charges. There is no parole in the federal system. Duffy also fined the men $250,000 each and told them that if they ever sold their story, the money would go to the victims. But, he added in sentencing Ayyad, "I can't imagine anyone wanting to give you anything." Duffy handed down the sentences after Ed Smith, whose pregnant wife died in the blast, asked the judge to "remember this bombing was an act of multiple murder." "We lost all this because the four men you are to sentence today wanted to terrorize the people of the United States," Smith said. The defendants did not go quietly or quickly. All four read defiant, often rambling statements in Arabic that lasted a total of more than seven hours. After the bombing, investigators quickly broke the case by finding van parts with vehicle identification numbers. They arrested Salameh less than a week later as he tried to recover his $400 deposit on the rental van that carried the explosives.