NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) — A former top aide to Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to prison for life for stabbing a New York City prison guard as he awaited a terrorism trial.

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Federal Judge Deborah Batts sentenced Mamdouh Mahmud Salim on Tuesday in the 2000 stabbing of guard Louis Pepe. The stabbing left Pepe brain-damaged and blind in one eye.

A federal appeals court said the judge should have imposed a terrorism enhancement to increase the sentence when she first sentenced Salim in 2004. At the time, she gave him a 32-year prison term.

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Salim was brought to the U.S. after his 1998 arrest to stand trial in the August 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

The attacks killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

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