Bri­ton’s sen­tence 18 years in ter­ror case

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LONDON — A judge sen­tenced a for­mer Royal Marine to 18 years in prison Mon­day for a se­ries of ter­ror­ism-re­lated of­fenses.

Ciaran Maxwell, 31, lived a dou­ble life as a mem­ber of the mil­i­tary and as a bomb-maker for dis­si­dent Ir­ish sep­a­ratists. He pleaded guilty to prepa­ra­tion of ter­ror­ist acts be­tween Jan­uary 2011 and Au­gust 2016, pos­sess­ing images of bank cards for fraud and pos­sess­ing mar­i­juana.

He stashed anti-per­son­nel mines, mor­tar shells and 14 pipe bombs in 43 pur­pose-built hide-outs in North­ern Ire­land and Eng­land. Judge Nigel Sweeney said there was no doubt that the ul­ti­mate in­tent of those plant­ing the de­vices was to kill.

Maxwell’s lawyer, Paul Hynes, told the court that his client was not ide­o­log­i­cally driven and would not have used vi­o­lence for a cause.

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