Seaside Bomber Sentenced To Life

Seaside Bomber Sentenced To Life

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 30, was sentenced today in federal court in Manhattan for his 2016 convictions for planting bombs in Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30.

"I grew up amongst you guys, when I started following (my religion), practicing it".

Rahimi talked about being targeted for being a Muslim, mentioning he was always picked out in airports by security.

Berman issued the maximum sentence on other counts and told Rahimi it was miraculous the bomb he placed in Chelsea didn't result in any deaths.

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote. "We make this request primarily because since Mr. Rahimi's arrest, he has only been allowed approximately six family visits".

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Rahimi let other inmates view the items on his laptop and gave them electronic copies, Kim's letter said.

"I get it", Berman told Rahimi after announcing the sentence. Rahimi shared bomb-making instructions and speeches by terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki.

Prosecutors said Rahimi began distributing these materials in October 2017, if not earlier.

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. A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate.

Like the bombs found the next day at a train station in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, however, this device was discovered before detonation.

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U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Rahimi had offered no explanation for his behaviour that would warrant imposing less than the two life sentences, one of which was mandated by federal law.

Two days after the bombs went off, police ended a manhunt for Rahimi with a shootout in Linden, New Jersey.

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.

"We intend to appeal", Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said outside of the courthouse here, after the hearing.

She described Rahimi's efforts to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

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