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The Associated Press November 3, 2010, 7:22AM ET

Woman gets 15 years for UK lawmaker stabbing

A judge has sentenced a 21-year-old woman to at least 15 years in prison for trying to murder a British lawmaker in retaliation for his support of the Iraq war.

University student Roshonara Choudhry stabbed parliamentarian Stephen Timms twice in the stomach as he met with constituents in east London in May.

She told detectives she wanted to kill Timms on behalf of "the people of Iraq."

Choudhry refused to appear in court, saying she didn't accept its jurisdiction, and instructed her lawyer not to challenge the prosecution's case.

She was convicted Tuesday after a one-day trial and less than 15 minutes of jury deliberation.

Judge Jeremy Cooke on Wednesday sentenced Choudhry to life in prison with a minimum term of 15 years.

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