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CHICAGO - MARCH 12: The Sear's Tower (C) rises above the skyline on March 12, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The building will be changing its name to the Willis Tower after London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings moves into the building. The building, once the tallest in the world, was built in the 1970s to house the offices of the then largest retailer in the world Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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.
The men were convicted in May of supporting al-Qaida, 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.