Jury spares 9/11 plotter Moussaoui

Zacarias Moussaoui will have just one more chance to taunt the United States on Thursday, when a federal judge formally sentences the al Qaeda terrorist to spend the rest of his natural life alone in a tiny prison cell.

Jury spares 9/11 plotter Moussaoui

Once in prison, Moussaoui will have little opportunity for taunting -- he'll be in lockdown for 23 hours of every day, with one hour of recreation daily. He'll spend that one hour alone, also.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Moussaoui most likely will be locked up inside the federal Supermax prison facility in Florence, Colorado, which is sometimes known as the "Alcatraz in the Rockies."

"It is a place of extraordinary security, 23 hours a day in cells, one hour of recreation," Toobin said. "There has never been an escape. There has never been anything close to an escape.

"It is as close to permanent solitary confinement as exists in our prison system."

A federal jury of nine men and three women decided Wednesday that Moussaoui should spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. He will not be eligible for parole.

Moussaoui could have gotten the death penalty.

The verdict came on the jury's seventh day of deliberations after reliving the September 11 attacks through weeks of harrowing testimony and evidence.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema will formally sentence Moussaoui on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Jurors were stone-faced Wednesday as the lengthy verdict form was read in court. Spectators, including some 9/11 family members, fell silent and Moussaoui showed no immediate reaction.

"America, you lost," Moussaoui taunted, clapping his hands as he left the courtroom. "I won." His celebration may not last long.

"Moussaoui will quickly go away and slowly die," Tim Roemer, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana who served on the 9/11 commission, told CNN.

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