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  British 'shoe bomber' gets 110 years in prison
Updated 31 January 2003, 07.10

Shoe bomber Richard Reid
Shoe bomber Richard Reid
A British man who tried to blow up a US passenger airline with explosives in his shoe has been jailed for life.

Richard Reid - nicknamed the "shoe bomber" - said he was guilty of eight charges in court, including attempted murder and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The US judge gave him a total of 110 years, including three life sentences.

Reid, who says he's an Islamic supporter of al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden, said he wasn't sorry for what he tried to do.

The show was packed with explosives
The show was packed with explosives

He has been kept in the US since his arrest there in December 2001 when the plane landed.

He was caught after passengers noticed him trying to light his shoes on board the flight from Paris to Miami.

When he was sentenced, Reid shouted at the judge saying: "I pledge to Osama bin Laden. I'm an enemy of your country."

Experts reckon his shoes were packed with so many powerful explosives, it could have blown a hole in the plane and killed all 197 people on board.

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