SEATTLE (AP) _ Sentencing was postponed until next year for a man convicted of plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport during millennium celebrations. But the prosecutor's office said it had nothing to do with this week's terror attacks.

Ahmed Ressam, 34, was convicted of conspiracy in April in Los Angeles and later testified against a second Algerian man, Mokhtar Haouari, at his trial in New York City. Haouari also was convicted.

The plot had been foiled when Ressam was arrested in December 1999 while trying to enter this country from Canada with explosives in his car.

Ressam, who was to have been sentenced Sept. 20, faces up to 130 years in prison, but has cooperated with prosecutors in a bid to reduce that term. His new sentencing date is Feb. 14.

Deputy U.S. Attorney Steve Gonzales said Thursday that the sentencing delay had been granted last week at the request of defense lawyers.

Ressam has said he had owed his allegiance to Haydar Abu Doha, a London resident close to fugitive Osama bin Laden. Abu Doha is in custody in England, awaiting extradition to the United States to face charges in the airport plot.

Haouari, 32, faces up to 50 years in prison for supplying fake identification and $3,000 to Ressam to buy bomb-making chemicals. He is to be sentenced Oct. 17.