Manhattan Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2016 Blast Injuring 30

14 February, 2018, 19:55 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Manhattan bomber sentenced to life

Afghan-born U.S. citizen Ahmad Khan Rahimi injured 30 people when one of the bombs exploded in Manhattan.

Pauline Nelson accepted Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman's invitation Tuesday for victims of the September 17, 2016 attack to speak at the sentencing hearing for the Afghanistan-born Ahmad Khan Rahimi.

Rahami, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: "I don't harbor hate for anyone".

The verdict resulted in a mandatory life sentence.

"He failed", said New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill.

Since his arrest, two other lone-wolf attackers have carried out bombings in NY.

Defense attorney Xavier Donaldson said that Rahimi had once aspired to be a police officer and worked as a security guard after studying criminal justice at a community college.

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One of the counts called for a maximum life sentence so his punishment was preordained, but U.S. District Judge Richard Berman also gave him the maximum on the other counts for a total of two life sentences plus 30 years.

Rahimi also said that his father had reported him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation several years ago because he feared that Rahimi was getting involved in terrorism, and believed in the slogan, "see something, say something". Rahimi was convicted by a jury in October of setting off weapons of mass destruction.

Rahimi's first explosive went off on the morning of September 17, 2016, in Seaside Park, New Jersey, along a route for a Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K., No one was injured because the race had been miraculously delayed from its 9 a.m. start time.

Prosecutors said Rahimi even tried radicalizing fellow inmates inside Manhattan's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center by "distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations".

In his 15-minute address to the court, Rahimi not once apologized for the bombing. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.

The device four blocks north failed to explode. A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate.

"Rahimi attempted to wreak havoc in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City". The day after the Chelsea explosion, Rahimi returned to New Jersey and left a backpack containing six pipe bombs in an Elizabeth, N.J., train station.



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