"A large cheer came out of this crowd," CBC's Jeff Semple reported from London, describing the reaction to the sentences from outside the Old Bailey courthouse, where some 200 people were gathered.
Two British Muslim converts — Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale — were convicted last December for the murder of the 25-year-old serviceman.
The brutal daylight murder that horrified the nation and provoked an anti-Islamic backlash.
Adebolajo received the maximum sentence available, a whole-life term, which means he will never have a chance to seek release. Adebowale was sentenced to serving a minimum of 45 years before he is eligible for parole, meaning he will be 67 years old by that time.
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