'Remorseful' David Headley claimed he is changed
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A "remorseful" Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Headley made a last ditch effort to have his sentence reduced by writing an emotional letter to the judge claiming he is a changed man and was sorry of his past doings.
However, US District Judge Harry D Leinenweber, in the court room acknowledging the receipt of such a letter, publicly told Headley that he had difficulties sin believing him given his past record.
"Mr Headley's letter to the judge expressed his sincere remorse and it was very clear and he did explain in that letter what led him to this and how sorry he was," Robert David Seeder, Headley's Attorney, told reporters after the sentencing.
Headley's another attorney; John Theis also argued that from the letter filed as part of the pre-sentencing memorandum, which is under seal, it is clear that Headley is he is remorseful.
However, Judge Leinenweber said in the court that it is difficult to believe what Headley has written to him.
"I do not have any faith in Mr Headley when he says that he is a changed person now. I do believe that it is my duty to protect the public from Mr Headley and ensure that he does not get into any further terrorist activities," the judge said, as he ordered to sentence Headley for 35 years of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
Federal prosecutors said that they were least bothered if Headley was remorseful.
They want Headley to be truthful and honest to any future investigation against both the Mumbai attack and Denmark plot, both of which are still under investigation.
"I do not whether Headley's proclamations of remorse are sincere. Frankly, I do not care. What I care about is that he has been telling us the truth and it has been real valuable," said the Acting US Attorney Gary S Shapiro.