New York City Terror Bomber Sentenced to Multiple Lifetimes in Prison


Asked to speak at his sentencing Tuesday, Rahimi said he doesn't "harbor hate for anyone".

The man who set off pressure cooker bombs in NY and New Jersey in 2016 has been sentenced to life.

Berman approved restitution to victims at the sum of $562,803 as proposed by the government.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized US 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.

Rahimi faces separate charges in other jurisdictions in connection with the Seaside Park bomb, a backpack containing improvised explosive devices found the following day at a transit station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the shootout with police before he was taken into custody.

In addition to the bombs in Manhattan, Rahimi was accused of planting a bomb on the route of a charity running race in New Jersey, which exploded without injuring anyone, and shooting at New Jersey police before being captured.

Rahimi, 30, claimed that he was harassed by federal authorities while traveling in Muslim garb.

Rahimi's father Mohammad, a naturalized USA citizen, claimed he tried to warn the Federal Bureau of Investigation his son was at risk of radicalization two years before his terror attacks.

After speaking on the record for the first time, the Chelsea Bomber received two life sentences, plus 30 years, all to be served consecutively, for the September 2016 bombing he carried out. "He's proud of what he has done".

"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror".

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US -born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011.

Rahami also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread The Book of Jihad, bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine, the court heard.

Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said they plan to appeal.

He urged a sentence not based on what people think terrorists might inspire or the fear they may cause.

Pauline Nelson was hurt when her auto was hit by the explosion.

"You never apologized to anyone in the courtroom", she said, staring at the bearded Rahimi, who sat at the defense table, shackles on his ankles.