A federal court in Manhattan sentenced Ahmad Khan Rahimi to life in prison for planting and detonating bombs in the U.S. states of NY and New Jersey in 2016, the Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
M - A New Jersey man allegedly inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda to plant bombs in New York City and New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday - after complaining that he was being discriminated against for being Muslim, NBC News reported.
Rahimi, a fast food worker turned homegrown extremist, brought two pressure cooker bombs from New Jersey to Manhattan on September 17 2016, planting them on W. 23 and W. 27th St., officials said.
"One thing a life sentence does is to make sure you don't do it again", Berman said. "It is not. Today's sentencing - of life in prison - should be the strongest deterrent to future acts of terror".More news: Barack and Michelle Obama Smithsonian Portraits Unveiled
"The explosion propelled a more-than-100-pound dumpster - which was introduced as an exhibit at trial - more than 120 feet".
Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said they plan to appeal. Earlier that day, he had placed a bomb in a garbage can at the finish line of a US Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J. The race's start time had been delayed, however, and no one was hurt when the bomb exploded. "You sit down and laugh", Nelson, 48, said.
Rahimi wasn't charged with terrorism, but his father, Mohammad Rahimi, said he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to warn that his son may have been radicalized and the agency informed him his son wasn't engaged in terrorist behavior.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, appears in court.More news: Bringing the power of AMP to Gmail - The Keyword
"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees".
Prosecutors said Rahimi gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials.
Jurors took less than four hours to convict Rahimi on eight counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, following a two-week trial. In an interview with WNBC, his father called him a terrorist.
"Rahimi placed two ticking bombs in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood on a warm Saturday night", O'Neill said. It was the most cowardly of all crimes.More news: Israel unleashes military attack on Syria after fighter jet is downed