Ex-Soviet arms dealer tells NY judge: 'It's a lie'

LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- A former Soviet arms dealer dubbed the Merchant of Death has told a judge at his New York sentencing on a terrorism weapons conviction he's "not guilty" and allegations against him are lies.

Viktor Bout (boot) was convicted on terrorism charges that grew from a U.S. sting operation. The 45-year-old Bout faced a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison at Thursday's sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say Bout agreed to sell weapons to kill Americans. Bout shouted in court: "It's a lie."

Bout told the judge he "never intended to kill anyone." He says "God knows this truth."

Bout was arrested four years ago in Thailand and was extradited to the U.S. for trial in 2010. He was the inspiration for an arms dealer character played by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 film "Lord of War."