Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Life In Prison For Manhattan Bomber

Life In Prison For Manhattan Bomber

Rahimi, 30, said nothing about the victims of the September 2016 blast in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people - which prosecutors noted in asking for the maximum sentence.

Hours later, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan at 23rd Street, another pressure-cooker bomb blew up inside of a Dumpster, blowing out windows of nearby buildings and projecting shrapnel hundreds of yards away.

Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison. He said consecutive life sentences would not "show the world justice".

"My father failed like the system failed him", Rahimi said.


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".

Rahimi still faces charges in New Jersey over the first bombing and for shooting at police before being captured two days after the bombings.

Defense attorney Xavier Donaldson called it ironic that his client had once aspired to be a police officer and worked as a security guard after studying criminal justice at a community college. Federal Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the trial, imposed the sentence Tuesday in NY.

In late 2017, federal prosecutors said Rahimi provided inmates with copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches by Osama bin Laden and militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki - both of whom were killed in 2011- along with bomb-making instructions, books on jihad, and issues of the al Qaeda-backed magazine Inspire, prosecutors said.


"(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.

The Chelsea explosion happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, frightening participants but injuring no one.

After a two-week trial in October, a jury found Rahimi guilty on eight counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror".


Berman approved restitution to victims at the sum of $562,803 as proposed by the government.

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