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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ A tearful John Walker Lindh told a judge prior to his sentencing Friday that he accepted full responsiblity for serving as a Taliban soldier and said he believes terrorism is never justified to resolve grievances.

Lindh, weeping and speaking haltingly during a 20-minute statement, said that if he had known when he joined the Taliban that it would be sheltering Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, he never would have enlisted in their Army.

Referring to bin Laden, Lindh said, ``His grievances, whatever they may be, cannot be justified by acts of violence.''

Lindh faced a sentence of 20 years under terms of a plea agreement with the government. Under terms of that agreement, prosecutors dropped more serious charges. He could have received a life sentence if he had been convicted of conspiring to kill U.S. nationals, one of the original charges.

Expressing remorse for his actions, Lindh said, ``I understand why so many Americans were angry when I was first discovered In Afghanistan. I realize many still are, but I hope in time that feeling will change.''