Note to CompHyp Friend Will...
...it looks like pre-sentencing gamemanship was for 'naught. Viktor Bout gets 25 years.
Congratulations to Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.
Congrats as well to the DEA-and-friends team that pulled the original sting.
Hell, as long as we are waving around the 'at-a-boy's, congratulations to Journalists and Investigators Douglas Farah and Stephan Braun, whose 2007 work publicized the role of Bout as a modern "Merchant of Death", and who have waited a very long time for this day to come.
Drink up, gents. Now let's go get some more bad guys.