Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced Tuesday to multiple life terms for setting off a shrapnel-packed explosive as part of a wave of planned attacks in NY and New Jersey.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference about Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi on September 19, 2016, in New York City.
Following a three-hour hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he found no compelling argument for to vary from sentencing guidelines on the eight counts of which 30-year-old Rahimi was convicted of in October 2017.
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.
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"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees".
"Less than a year-and-a-half after his attacks, Rahimi has now been tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison", Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a statement.
Rahimi was also ordered to pay $563,000 to victims.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill thanked the police officers who responded to the incident, as well as the officers of the Linden New Jersey Police Department.
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Ahmad Rahimi reads a statement to the judge during his sentencing hearing in NY on Tuesday.
"Ahmed Kahn Rahimi placed two ticking bombs in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood on a warm Saturday night".
Pauline Nelson, a mother of four who was driving near the bomb when it went off, shot Rahimi daggers as she railed against his courtroom demeanor. It was the most cowardly of all crimes.
The first bomb, which was in the area of 135 West 23rd Street, detonated and injured more than 30 individuals.
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The day after the Chelsea explosion, Rahimi returned to New Jersey and left a backpack containing six pipe bombs in an Elizabeth, N.J., train station. Rahimi also placed a bomb in a garbage can at the finish line of a United States Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., but the start time was delayed and no one was injured when the bomb exploded.