'Chelsea Bomber' sentenced to life in prison for 2016 blasts

'Chelsea Bomber' sentenced to life in prison for 2016 blasts

'Chelsea Bomber' sentenced to life in prison for 2016 blasts

At the sentencing on Tuesday, Rahimi said he doesn't "harbor hate for anyone", when asked to speak.

A NY judge today sentenced a United States restaurant worker to life in prison following a September 2016 bombing that wounded 31 people in Manhattan's upscale Chelsea neighbourhood.

Rahimi was also ordered to pay $562,803 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, the statement added.

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.

Investigators said Rahimi then planted two bombs in the Chelsea neighbourhood of NY but one failed to detonate.

Rahimi is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday by a federal judge in Manhattan.

Rahimi's father Mohammad, a naturalized USA citizen, claimed he tried to warn the Federal Bureau of Investigation his son was at risk of radicalization two years before his terror attacks. "It is not. Today's sentencing - of life in prison - should be the strongest deterrent to future acts of terror".

He described how his father went to law enforcement on multiple occasions to report suspicious behavior he had seen in his son, but ultimately felt let down.

"He has shown no remorse", Crowley said.

In recent court papers, prosecutors painted Rahimi as a remorseless terrorist who was basking in his newfound infamy.

She described Rahimi's efforts to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

Rahami 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, the court heard.

Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.

He urged a sentence not based on what people think terrorists might inspire or the fear they may cause.

Pauline Nelson, 48, of Brooklyn, stepped to the podium.

"I get it", Berman told Rahimi after announcing the sentence. She's still being treated for muscle spasms in her back.

"I've learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people", Rahimi said, attributing this understanding to "life experience". "You have no remorse for what you did".

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