Chelsea bomber: man behind NY attack gets multiple life sentences

Chelsea bomber: man behind NY attack gets multiple life sentences

Chelsea bomber: man behind NY attack gets multiple life sentences

A USA restaurant worker inspired by Osama bin Laden was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for wounding 31 people in a 2016 NY bombing, branded "extremely dangerous" by a federal judge.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born USA citizen, appears in court.

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.

Earlier the same day, a bomb went off near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey. He was convicted on all eight counts.

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Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan immigrant who became radicalized through online postings by al Qaeda and ISIS, had faced at least one mandatory life sentence since a jury convicted him in October on eight counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Rahimi, a Muslim who federal prosecutors say attempted to radicalize other jail inmates while awaiting sentencing, also was ordered to pay about $563,000 to victims. He claimed he was "singled out just because of my attire" after returning from a trip to Pakistan.

"I did not hear an ounce of justification", US District Judge Richard Berman.

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Rahimi wasn't charged with terrorism, but his father, Mohammad Rahimi, said he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to warn that his son may have been radicalized and the agency informed him his son wasn't engaged in terrorist behavior.

"You sound like most people and yet your actions are totally at odds with your voice", Berman said. "The conclusion is inescapable that you remain extremely risky", the judge added. "But you did. It was you".

"As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant was committed to waging his holy war against Americans years before he carried out his attack", prosecutors said of Rahimi according to Fox News. He went on to place a homemade bomb - packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator - on a stretch of the Chelsea neighborhood's West 23rd Street, busy with pedestrians on a warm Saturday night.

NY retains stringent security, which was drastically stepped up after the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings brought down the Twin Towers.

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