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Bomber sentenced to 2 life terms for Manhattan attack

Bomber sentenced to 2 life terms for Manhattan attack

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was convicted of detonating a bomb in New York City that injured 30 people, was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms in prison.

At the sentencing on Tuesday, Rahimi said he doesn't "harbor hate for anyone", when asked to speak.

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims.

He placed a second bomb on West 27th Street, but a passerby on edge from the blast four blocks away noticed it and called police, and the bomb squad took the device away without incident. Earlier the same day, a pipe bomb exploded near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Rahami was shot several times but survived. No police were injured.

Though Rahimi pleaded not guilty, a 12-person jury found him guilty of all eight counts.

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. "My father went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on multiple occasions". 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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"He has shown no remorse", Crowley said".

Prosecutors said Rahimi even tried radicalizing fellow inmates inside Manhattan's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center by "distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations". Rahimi shared bomb-making instructions and speeches by terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki.

Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.

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

Pauline Nelson, 48, of Brooklyn, stepped to the podium.

"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. "You have no remorse".


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