New York City Bomber Is Sentenced To Life In Prison
Feb 14 2018
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016.
At his trial prosecutors said Rahimi, a naturalised United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan, had shown no remorse and had tried to radicalise fellow prisoners.
The Chelsea explosion happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, frightening participants but injuring no one.
Two days after the bombs went off, police ended a manhunt for Rahimi with a shootout in Linden, New Jersey.
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.
Rahimi was born in Afghanistan but was a naturalized US citizen.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi insisted "I don't harbor hate toward anyone" as he was locked up for blowing up a dumpster with a pressure cooker in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. "That's when I started" noticing discrimination, Rahimi said in his emotionless five-minute statement.
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". A second pressure cooker bomb was found a few blocks away, on 27th Street, but it didn't detonate. Discs of the materials were found in two inmates' possession. "You sit down and laugh", Nelson, 48, said. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction.
Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison.
"We intend to appeal", Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said outside of the courthouse here, after the hearing.
In the trial, Ahmad Rahimi criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said that the father had not sufficiently informed them of Rahimi's interest in terrorist organizations.
During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence - including DNA and fingerprints - linking Rahimi to the bombs that were placed in New Jersey and NY.