Chelsea bomber sentenced to rot away in jail


The New York city bomber, who injured 30 people when he set off pressure-cooker bombs in 2016, was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Rahimi, 30, did not express remorse for his crime, the BBC reported, but told the court he did not "harbor hate for anyone". He also ordered $562,803 in restitution.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his homemade bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016. That blast happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

The bombings led to a two-day manhunt ending with a shootout in Linden, New Jersey, during which Rahimi was shot eight times. Police officers also were injured.

Rahimi said repeatedly during a 12-minute standing address to the court that he didn't harbor any hatred, but that his growing adherence to Islam caused him to face more harassment from Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at airports after returning to the USA from travel to the Dominican Republic, Manchester and Pakistan.

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. "We remain vigilant, resolute and safe", de Blasio wrote in a tweet after Rahimi's conviction in October. "He's proud of what he has done".

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. Rahimi shared bomb-making instructions and speeches by terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki.

Rahimi's arrest came two days after the September 17 bombings during a shootout with police.

After the sentence was announced, Berman invited several victims watching the proceedings to speak. She was hospitalized when the vehicle she was driving was jolted by the explosion.

"You never apologized to anyone in the courtroom", she said, staring at the bearded Rahimi, who sat at the defense table, shackles on his ankles.