Chicago Man Sentenced to 35 Years in United States Federal Prison for Mumbai Attack and For Plot to Kill Employees of Danish Newspaper


One week after Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana was sentenced to 14 years in prison for providing material support to a terrorist organization and for plotting to kill employees of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Rana’s co-conspirator David Headley was sentenced to 35 years in the same United States federal court, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Like Rana, Headley had pled guilty to plotting to kill employees of Jyllands-Posten, the paper that had published the 12 Danish Cartoons in 2005.  That terror plot was never carried out.  Unlike Rana, Headley also pled guilty to a number of charges surrounding the terrorist attack carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba on Mumbai, India in 2008, in which 166 innocent people were killed.

Headley avoided a death sentence in the United States as well as extradition to Pakistan, Denmark and India by cooperating with the prosecution.  The fifty-year-old American of Pakistani descent admitted to training with Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan between 2002 and 2005 and to scouting target locations in Mumbai prior to the massacre.  In addition to testifying against Tahawwur Rana, Headley has provided, according to both the prosecution and his defense team, valuable information to the prosecution about Lashkar-e-Taiba.  That information has led to charges being initiated against seven others, including Rana. 

To read more about David Headley’s sentencing, including some of the heartbreaking testimony from one of the survivors of the Mumbai attack, click on The New York Times article David C. Headley Gets 35 years for Mumbai attack by Steven Yaccino, and, the Chicago Tribune article Mumbai attack: Chicago man gets 35 years in terror plot by Annie Sweeney and Patrick Svitek.  To read more about Tahawwur Rana’s sentencing, read our previous post Chicago Businessman Sentenced to 14 Years in United States Federal Prison for Plotting to Kill Danish Newspaper Staff.