NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

2016 Ahmad Khan Rahimi is led into court in Elizabeth N.J. Mel Evans  AP

Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread "The Book of Jihad", bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine.

A NY judge handed down multiple life sentences to an Islamic State terrorist Tuesday for carrying out multiple bombings across the state in 2016.

Rahimi, an Afghan-born man living in New Jersey, was convicted of eight charges in October including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, one of which carried a maximum life sentence.

Rahimi, 30, did not express remorse for his crime, the BBC reported, but told the court he did not "harbor hate for anyone".

He moved to the United States in 1995 with his family and became a naturalized citizen in 2011.

"It's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", Berman said.

"I have been here for more than 20 years, I had American friends and Muslim friends", he said.

One life term was mandatory but the judge exercised his discretion by imposing life sentences for counts that Rahimi's defense lawyer said deserved only a 15-year sentence.

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.




While in prison, Rahimi showed no remorse for what he did and tried to radicalize other prisoners, according to federal prosecutors.

Late previous year, Rahimi began trying to radicalize prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, prosecutors say.

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.

The first explosion, on September 17, occurred along the route of a charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

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

Authorities said it was a miracle no one was killed by Rahimi's fiendish blast, which sent a nearby dumpster flying more than 120 feet and sprayed shrapnel that tore into the chests, legs and eyes of innocent passers-by.

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

On Sept. 17, 2016, Rahimi traveled to Manhattan from his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey, pulling suitcases on rollers with each hand. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.

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