US seeks life sentence for Russian arms dealer

March 31, 2012 06:19


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NEW YORK - US prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to life in prison to deter others who might broker weapons for militant groups, according to a court filing on Friday.

Bout, a 45-year-old former Soviet air force officer who was the subject of the book "Merchant of Death," was convicted in November on charges he agreed to sell arms to agents posing as Colombian militants intent on attacking US soldiers.

He faces a minimum 25-year sentence. US District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin is due to sentence him on April 5 in Manhattan.

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