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Terrorist Plotter SentencedTo 20 Years In Federal Prison

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost told American-born Christopher Paul that the nature of his offenses were "appalling" and "horrendous."

Paul pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction -- specifically bombs -- in terrorist attacks. The 44-year-old Paul had been accused of joining al-Qaida in the early 1990s and helping teach fellow Muslim extremists how to bomb targets in the U.S. and Europe.

The Justice Department had said Paul and two other men discussed terrorist attacks during an August 2002 meeting at a suburban Columbus coffee shop. The other two men also pleaded guilty. The government won't say whether the case is closed.