Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

New York City Bomber Is Sentenced To Life In Prison

New York City Bomber Is Sentenced To Life In Prison

Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison Tuesday after planting bombs in NY and New Jersey. He still faces separate charges in New Jersey over those accusations.

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

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in Manhattan said it was hard to reconcile the "reasonable enough" man he saw in court with the terrorist who tried to kill as many people as he could when he left his home early the morning of September 17, 2016, with two pressure-cooker explosives and a bag full of smaller bombs.

Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born US citizen convicted of planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.

Rahimi's lawyer, Xavier Donaldson, argued that the court should impose a sentence of only 15 years or less on top of the mandatory 30-year and life terms.

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Rahimi said repeatedly during a 12-minute standing address to the court that he didn't harbor any hatred, but that his growing adherence to Islam caused him to face more harassment from Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at airports after returning to the US from travel to the Dominican Republic, Manchester and Pakistan.

"I don't harbor hate towards anyone", Rahimi added at one point, "but through life experience, I have learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people".

Prosecutors said Rahimi even tried radicalizing fellow inmates inside Manhattan's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center by "distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations". Sajmir Alimehmeti was transferred away from Rahimi after being caught with materials from Rahimi's court case, including a USB stick with bomb-making instructions, New York Post reported.

"The nature of the crime was heinous, wanton and's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said, according to CNN.

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims. "He failed", said New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction.

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