Bomber sentenced to 2 life terms for Manhattan attack

Bomber sentenced to 2 life terms for Manhattan attack

An unrepentant, homegrown Islamic terrorist was sentenced to multiple life terms behind bars Tuesday for that injured 31 people in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood as part of a planned wave of attacks across NY and New Jersey.

Judge Richard Berman looks on as Ahmed Rahimi stands during his sentencing, with his attorney Xavier Donaldson stands behind him.

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

Ahmad Khan Rahimi injured 30 people when one of his pressure cooker bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood in 2016.

The third bomb was found four blocks north at 27th Street. He placed several other explosives nearby in New Jersey, but one failed to detonate and the other was a small pipe bomb that caused no injuries, the Justice Department announced.

The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. Police officers also were injured.

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Mohammad Rahimi, told NBC New York on Monday that he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 that he was anxious his son might have been radicalized.

He described how his father went to law enforcement on multiple occasions to report suspicious behavior he had seen in his son, but ultimately felt let down.

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. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction. "He's proud of what he has done".

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

Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence. "You have no remorse".

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