Man Gets 6 Years in Sears Tower Plot

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Friday June 23, 2006, shows Burson Augustin. Augustin was arrested Thursday, June 22, 2006, in an alleged plot against the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami. Six individuals including Augustin were taken into custody in Miami Thursday when authorities swarmed a warehouse in the Liberty City area. A seventh was arrested in Atlanta. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office) AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office

A Miami man convicted of plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the sentence Wednesday on 24-year-old Burson Augustin. Four other men are scheduled to be sentenced over the next three days.

Prosecutors sought the maximum 30-year sentence for Augustin. Lenard ruled that sentencing terrorism enhancements should not apply to Augustin, who was not the leader.

Prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday that Lenard should reject pleas for leniency. Ringleader Narseal Batiste faces up to 70 years behind bars, with the other four men facing between 30 and 50 years.

The men were convicted in May of supporting al Qaeda, conspiring to wage war on the U.S. and other charges. There were two mistrials, and two other men were acquitted. All denied plotting terror attacks.

The 110-story Chicago skyscraper is now called the Willis Tower.
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