'Merchant of Death' gets 25 years

Associated Press
This Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010 file photo provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout in U.S. custody after being flown from Bangkok to New York in a chartered U.S. plane. The ex-Soviet officer turned arms dealer faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison at sentencing Thursday, April 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Drug Enforcement Administration, File)

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A defiant Russian arms dealer dubbed the Merchant of Death was sentenced Apr. 5 to 25 years in prison, far short of the life term prosecutors sought for his conviction on terrorism charges that grew from a U.S. sting operation.

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