Bomber Gets Life in Prison for New York, New Jersey Attacks

Casey Dawson
February 14, 2018

A federal court in Manhattan sentenced Ahmad Khan Rahimi to life in prison for planting and detonating bombs in the U.S. states of NY and New Jersey in 2016, the Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday. He still faces separate charges in New Jersey over those accusations.

"One thing a life sentence does is to make sure you don't do it again", Berman said.

In October, a jury convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, of planting pressure-cooker bombs in NY and New Jersey on September 17, 2016.

"Mr. Rahimi just stood here for the last 10 minutes and blamed everyone else for his actions", Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley said.

Rahimi was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with police which left him in hospital for weeks.

Though Rahimi pleaded not guilty, a 12-person jury found him guilty of all eight counts.

Rahimi's sentencing attorney Xavier Donaldson failed to sway the court with his proposed sentence of 180 months.

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Berman handed down the sentence in US District Court in Manhattan, ending the prosecution of Rahimi, who was convicted of the high-profile act of jihad-inspired terrorism that was widely considered a near miss, injuring dozens without killing anyone. "But through life experience, I have learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people".

Rahimi railed at that accusation in court, saying one of the inmates had been "groomed" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a sting operation and was radicalized long before they ever crossed paths.

Wearing blue prison smock and white cap Tuesday, Rahimi refuted these claims, telling the court that the fellow inmate was already "radicalized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents when he was on the outside".

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $562,803 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, the statement added.

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees. He failed", said New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan immigrant who became radicalized through online postings by al Qaeda and ISIS, had faced at least one mandatory life sentence since, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.

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