Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

Rahimi also placed a bomb in a garbage can at the finish line of a United States Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., but the start time was delayed and no one was injured when the bomb exploded.

Nicknamed "The Chelsea Bomber", Rahimi was convicted on eight charges previous year, including the use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of fire or explosive and using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Berman called Rahimi, 30, a "clear and present danger" and said it was too big a risk not to impose a life sentence, especially after Rahimi offered "not an ounce of justification" for his crimes.

Rahimi's father Mohammad, a naturalized US citizen, claimed he tried to warn the Federal Bureau of Investigation his son was at risk of radicalization two years before his terror attacks. Discs of the materials were found in two inmates' possession.

The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

The third bomb was found four blocks north at 27th Street.

Authorities shut down the station, evacuated the terminal and briefly suspended service in and out of Elizabeth.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi
Ahmad Khan Rahimi

"You sound like most people and yet your actions are totally at odds with your voice", Berman said.

Pauline Nelson, 48, of Brooklyn, stepped to the podium.

"He has shown no remorse", Crowley said.

Rahimi, an Afghan-born man living in New Jersey, was convicted of eight charges in October including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, one of which carried a maximum life sentence. He said consecutive life sentences would not "show the world justice". Rahimi's total sentence is life, followed by another mandatory term of 30 years, followed by a second term of life.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his homemade bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016.

After the sentence was announced, Berman invited several victims watching the proceedings to speak.

"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror". It was the most cowardly of all crimes.

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