Chelsea bomber: man behind NY attack gets multiple life sentences

Chelsea bomber: man behind NY attack gets multiple life sentences

Chelsea bomber: man behind NY attack gets multiple life sentences

"Less than a year-and-a-half after his attacks, Rahimi has now been tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison", Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a statement.

Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced Tuesday to multiple life terms for setting off a shrapnel-packed explosive as part of a wave of planned attacks in NY and New Jersey.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan immigrant who became radicalized through online postings by al Qaeda and ISIS, had faced at least one mandatory life sentence since a jury convicted him in October on eight counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Rahimi's first explosive went off on the morning of September 17, 2016, in Seaside Park, New Jersey, along a route for a Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K., No one was injured because the race had been miraculously delayed from its 9 a.m. start time. The bomb went off during the Semper Five Marine Corps charity race.

Rahimi used household goods to create a bomb packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator, which he placed on the busy NY street on September 17, 2016. More than 30 people were injured, and they described that night in testimony at Rahimi's trial. "Rahimi had other bombs and likely other plans".

"There is no comparison between the grievances that you may feel and the actions you took", he said.

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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.

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees".

Using fingerprints found inside the unexploded devices, authorities tied the Afghan-born USA citizen to a series of bombings that injured 30 across the area.

"(Another inmate) asked me how are we going to watch the news and I told him I don't need to watch the news because I am the news", Rahimi allegedly told a family member in a jailhouse phone call, while he was on trial.

Rahimi passed on terrorist propaganda and instructions on how to make explosives to other inmates.

He placed another bomb several blocks away.

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