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.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized United States 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.
Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison Tuesday after planting bombs in NY and New Jersey. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 2011.
"I have been here for more than 20 years, I had American friends and Muslim friends", he said.
His sentencing attorney, Xavier Donaldson, requested in a letter to the judge that Rahimi, as part of his sentencing, "be allowed to avail himself of any educational opportunities" that he might qualify for in prison.
"I did not hear an ounce of justification", US District Judge Richard Berman.
Rahimi's father contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the months leading up to the attack, warning them about his son's militant sympathies.
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While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.
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.
Late past year, Rahimi began trying to radicalize prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, prosecutors say.
"We saw videos", he said, referencing multiple videos at his fall trial that showed Rahimi dragging bombs in two suitcases and a backpack through Manhattan streets, setting one down a half hour before it exploded in the upscale Chelsea neighborhood and another a few blocks away that was discovered and disabled before it could explode. A pipe bomb he planted in Seaside Park also exploded, though no injuries were reported.
During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence - including DNA and fingerprints - linking Rahimi to the bombs that were placed in New Jersey and NY.
His acts led to a two-day manhunt that ended when he was shot several times.
No one was killed.
Rahimi was arrested in 2016 after engaging in a gunfight with police, who later found a notebook in which he praised Islamic terrorists and promised violence.
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