Bomber Gets Life in Prison for New York, New Jersey Attacks

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Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison Tuesday after planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.

"You have no remorse for what you did", she said.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi injured dozens of people when a homemade bomb he built exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood just hours after a botched attempt to bomb a Marine Corps charity run on the Seaside Park boardwalk.

Rahimi was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with police which left him in hospital for weeks.

"(Another inmate) asked me how are we going to watch the news and I told him I don't need to watch the news because I am the news", Rahimi allegedly told a family member in a jailhouse phone call, while he was on trial.

For Berman, anything less than the statutory sentencing guidelines "would be totally inappropriate and not viable".

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Given a chance to speak, Rahimi, shackled at the ankles, portrayed himself as a victim, saying he came to America as a 7-year-old boy with no hatred for anyone and was raised by a father in a household where there was no mention of what his father experienced during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Rahimi was awaiting sentencing last month in the Metropolitan Correctional Center when prosecutors claimed to have found evidence that he was trying to radicalize a fellow inmate with al-Qaida propaganda smuggled into the prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse". He also ordered $562,803 in restitution.

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.

Rahimi used household goods to create a bomb packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator, which he placed on the busy NY street on September 17, 2016. "He failed", said Commissioner O'Neill.

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.

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