Published: Wed, February 14, 2018

Seaside Park Bomber Sentenced to Multiple Life Terms

Seaside Park Bomber Sentenced to Multiple Life Terms

Rahimi, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: "I don't harbor hate for anyone". "That's when I started" noticing discrimination, Rahimi said in his emotionless five-minute statement.

Rahimi is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday by a federal judge in Manhattan.

He said he considered Rahimi to be a danger to the community, citing the "hostile and threatening " nature of the bombings and the influence of "virulent anti-U.S." terrorist propaganda.

In October, a jury convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, of planting pressure-cooker bombs in NY and New Jersey on September 17, 2016.

Rahimi's father contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the months leading up to the attack, warning them about his son's militant sympathies.

"Ahmad Khan Rahimi will spend the rest of his life behind bars", said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr.

He was convicted of charges including the use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of fire or explosives, and using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence - namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. "We make this request primarily because since Mr. Rahimi's arrest, he has only been allowed approximately six family visits".

Prosecutors said Rahimi even tried radicalizing fellow inmates inside Manhattan's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center by "distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations". Discs of the materials were found in two inmates' possession.

"We saw videos", he said, referencing multiple videos at his fall trial that showed Rahimi dragging bombs in two suitcases and a backpack through Manhattan streets, setting one down a half hour before it exploded in the upscale Chelsea neighborhood and another a few blocks away that was discovered and disabled before it could explode.

Rahimi's arrest came two days after the September 17 bombings during a shootout with police. A pipe bomb he planted in Seaside Park also exploded, though no injuries were reported.

He is also accused of planting bombs on a race route and a train station in New Jersey.

The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US -born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011.

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