NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New Jersey man convicted of planting bombs in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood in 2016 acquired two life sentences on Tuesday, after expressing no regret in a Manhattan courtroom for engineering the explosion that injured 30 individuals.
“I don’t harbor hatred towards anyone,” Ahmad Khan Rahimi stated in a courtroom filled with spectators, together with a number of the individuals who had been injured when certainly one of his bombs exploded on Sep. 17, 2016. “But through life experience, I have learned to understand why there’s such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people.”
Rahimi, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, stated that he had been “harassed” by authorities whereas touring due to his Muslim look after he began training the faith.
Rahimi additionally stated that his father had reported him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation a number of years in the past as a result of he feared that Rahimi was getting concerned in terrorism, and believed within the slogan, “see something, say something.” The FBI took no motion, he stated.
“My father failed like the system failed him,” Rahimi stated.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman stated Rahimi had provided no rationalization for his habits that may warrant imposing lower than the two life sentences, certainly one of which was mandated by federal regulation. Rahimi’s whole sentence is life, adopted by one other obligatory time period of 30 years, adopted by a second time period of life.
“I get it,” Berman advised Rahimi after saying the sentence. “You might have grievances, and they might be genuine, but there’s no comparison between those slights or grievances you might have and the acts you undertook as the Chelsea bomber.”
One one who was close to the blast, Pauline Nelson, additionally stood as much as deal with Rahimi.
“I‘m an immigrant like you,” she advised him. “I came here and I did what I had to do.”
“You have no remorse for what you did,” she stated. “God forgive you.”
Rahimi’s lawyer, Xavier Donaldson, argued that the court docket ought to impose a sentence of solely 15 years or much less on high of the obligatory 30-year and life phrases. He stated consecutive life sentences wouldn’t “show the world justice.”
In addition to the bombs in Manhattan, Rahimi was accused of planting a bomb on the route of a charity operating race in New Jersey, which exploded with out injuring anybody, and taking pictures at New Jersey police earlier than being captured. He nonetheless faces separate expenses in New Jersey over these accusations.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by David Gregorio