A man convicted of plotting to blow up the Los Angeles airport on New Year's Eve, 1999, has been sentenced to 22 years in a U.S. prison.

A federal court in Seattle, Washington Wednesday sentenced Ahmed Ressam for conspiracy to commit international terrorism, smuggling explosives, and other crimes connected to the millennium bomb plot.

The federal judge said he wanted to strike a balance between the need to punish Ressam while acknowledging the terror convict's past cooperation with U.S. investigators.

Ressam stopped cooperating with federal officials in 2003, but the information he provided helped bolster the case against other terrorism suspects.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.