Updated 01/24/13 – 4:15 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago native David Headley was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday for his role in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, and for planning another attack in Copenhagen, Denmark.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Headley, 52, showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the sentence. Headley had admitted making scouting missions to Mumbai to help plan out an assault by 10 gunmen, which left more than 160 people dead.
Cory Nelson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, said, “Today closes another chapter in our ongoing effort to fight terrorism, and thwart attacks around the globe.”
Prosecutors had asked Leinenweber to sentence Headley to between 30 and 35 years, noting he cooperated with authorities after his arrest, and provided substantial information in their investigation.
Headley was the star witness at the 2011 trial against Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, who was convicted providing support to the Pakistani militant group, and backing a failed plot to attack a newspaper in Denmark for publishing cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Acting U.S. Atty. Gary Shapiro said, “The only way you get witnesses in this world is by threatening to prosecute them, and then offering them some real incentive to provide you with that information.”