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“He’s a wannabe who deserves to rot in jail.” But Patricia Reilly, who lost her sister Lorraine Lee in the New York attacks, was deflated. “I guess in this country you can kill 3,000 people and not pay with your life,” she said. “I feel very much let down by this country.” The verdict came after four years of legal maneuvering and six weeks of testimony that put jurors on an emotional roller coaster and gave Moussaoui a platform to needle Americans and relish the pain of the victims and their families. Judge Leonie Brinkema was to hand down the life sentence this morning, bound by the jury’s verdict. Offering assurance to the losing side, she told prosecutors: “The government always wins when justice is done.” Moussaoui smiled at that. The outcome was a stinging defeat for the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, a former federal prosecutor in Alexandria who was overseeing the case. He said afterward, “The jury has spoken and we respect and accept that verdict.” Moussaoui is expected to spend the rest of his life at the federal maximum-security prison in Florence, Colo. In Paris, his mother, Aicha El Wafi, told France-Info radio: “I feel nothing. I am dead, because my son was wrongly convicted.” The jury did not reach the unanimity required for a death sentence against the man who claimed a direct role in the Sept. 11 attacks even though he was in jail at the time on immigration charges. During the trial, no one disputed that Moussaoui came to the United States intending to do harm and that he received flight training toward that goal. But his lawyers contended he was an al-Qaida outcast who was not trusted with the knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot. Outside the courthouse, defense attorney Gerald Zerkin said of the jurors: “It was obvious that they thought his role in 9/11 was not very great and that played a significant role in their decision.” The closest the jurors came to unanimity in finding mitigating factors was on two questions involving his troubled childhood. On the first count of conspiracy to commit international terrorism, nine cited his unstable early childhood including stays in orphanages and a lack of emotional and financial support, and nine also cited physical and emotional abuse by his father. Using evidence gathered in the largest investigation in U.S. history, prosecutors achieved a preliminary victory last month when the jury ruled Moussaoui’s lies to federal agents a month before the attacks made him eligible for the death penalty because they kept agents from discovering some of the hijackers. But even with heart-rending testimony from nearly four dozen victims and their relatives – testimony that forced some jurors to wipe their eyes – the jury was not convinced that Moussaoui, who was in jail on Sept. 11, deserved to die.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe extraordinary 42-page verdict form in this sentencing trial – with its lists of aggravating and mitigating evidence – provided clues to the thought process the jury engaged in during 41 hours of deliberations over seven days. But the jurors slipped away from the courthouse without speaking to reporters, so how much weight they gave each factor remained unknown. The verdict form said only that they couldn’t agree unanimously on execution and thus Moussaoui must be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of release. There was no word on exactly how many voted for life and how many for death. But Moussaoui crowed on leaving court after the 15-minute hearing: “America, you lost. … I won.” Some victims’ families said he got what he deserved. Carie Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, died on hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center, said her mom didn’t believe in the death penalty and would have been glad Moussaoui was sentenced to life. “This man was an al-Qaida wannabe who could never put together the 9/11 attacks,” Lemack said. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – After listening to six weeks of argument, tears and revelations, more of the jurors who spared Zacarias Moussaoui’s life were moved by the confessed al-Qaida conspirator’s turbulent, deprived childhood than by claims that he was a delusional psychotic seeking martyrdom. In rejecting execution, some of the nine men and three women, drawn from the suburbs of the nation’s capitol near the Pentagon, also seemed to be swayed by the limits of his role in the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation’s history. The jury couldn’t agree unanimously on government contentions that the 37-year-old Frenchman, who was in jail on Sept. 11, 2001, caused the deaths of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day, or that he acted in a heinous, cruel or depraved manner. Three of them even made a point of writing that – despite Moussaoui’s dramatic testimony claiming to be a part of the plot – he had limited knowledge of the plans for the suicide jetliner hijackings of 9/11.