Sentencing for Mohamed Mohamud, who was convicted of attempting to bomb Portland's Pioneer Square during the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony back in 2010, is set for September. The prosecution and defense have filed their sentencing papers, and the government is asking for 40 years. This, according to the government, represents leniency, since the Probation Office has calculated the sentencing range under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines as life imprisonment.
40 years seems . . . quite a lot. The most similar case to Mohamud's (with more or less simultaneous stings and arrests) was that of Antonio Martinez, who received 25 years for attempting to bomb a military recruiting center near Baltimore. It's hard to see why Mohamud would merit an additional 15 years (i.e., 60 percent MORE time).