The government had hoped for a maximum sentence of life in prison.
A federal judge sentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 17 years and 4 months in prison today for conspiring to help foreign jihadists.
According to The New York Times :
The sentence was more lenient than the federal sentencing guidelines recommended and was a setback for the government, which had requested life in prison, the maximum.
In explaining her decision, Judge Marcia G. Cooke of Federal District Court in Miami underscored the gravity of the crimes Mr. Padilla, 37, had committed. But she questioned the effects of the conspiracy, saying there was no evidence linking Mr. Padilla and two co-defendants to specific terrorism acts anywhere.
For more coverage, see coverage from the Associated Press , Reuters , The Washington Post , and BBC.com . For a quick summary, see this post from CounterterrorismBlog.com