26/11 plotter Headley's verdict: What happened in US courtroom
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- 2 of 7The judge said he deserved life but had to consider cooperation. He was being given linent punishment as he cooperated with the authorities in their investigations.Headley wore grey tracks, close-cropped salt-&-pepper hair, black sport shoes. He is very tall and well-built.
- 3 of 7Victim Linda Ragsdale addressed Headley with his given name Daoud Gillani -- not David Coleman Headley -- the name he "masqueraded" in.Watching the bloodshed and a girl die, victim said to Headley: "Together we faced all of this while you faced the TV screen. There was a carnage of war where moments before friends & families were enjoying their dinner. When I saw it (shooter), it was just a boy...Who were his teachers?"Ragsdale was at the Taj hotel in Mumbai eating dinner with her medication group when the carnage started.
- 4 of 7Prosecutors said Headley has to cooperate with future investigations. If he doesn't, plea agreement is void.Headley's letter is under seal but defense says in it their client expresses remorse.
- 5 of 7Headley didn't make a statement in court; told the judge he expressed what he needed to say in his letter.The judge said Headley deserves life but the 35-year sentence means the 52-year-old will be under "lock & key" for the rest of his life. "The damage that was done was unfathomable...Perhaps the lucky ones are those who didn't survive. Headley only cooperated to "save his life" & not face extradition."
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Headley's letter to judge says he wants his kids to lead an "American" life and re-reads scriptures he said had been taken out of context.
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Defense said Headley led a "secular" life until his 40s working at bars, video stores, doing drugs. His information has made India, Pakistan & other countries safer. Headley cooperation has literally saved lives."