Rahimi, 30, was beforehand discovered responsible of eight federal fees in reference to a September 2016 bombing that injured 30 within the Chelsea neighborhood.
“The character of the crime was heinous, wanton and life-threatening … it is inexplicable that anybody would do this deliberately,” stated US District Choose Richard Berman.
Rahimi spoke to the decide, saying he did not come from Afghanistan as a baby with hate in his coronary heart.
“I grew up amongst you guys, after I began following (my faith), working towards it. That is after I began” noticing discrimination, Rahimi stated in his impassive five-minute assertion. He turned a naturalized US citizen in 2011.
Rahimi talked about being focused for being a Muslim, mentioning he was at all times picked out in airports by safety.
Prosecutors had used a Rahimi diary as proof that he needed to be part of jihad, however in court docket Tuesday Rahimi did not take accountability for the bombing.
Father calls him a ‘terrorist’
“He did it as a terrorist … that is terrorist,” Mohammad Rahami, who goes by a unique final title, stated within the interview. “He instructed me, ‘Thank God I did not kill anyone, that is excellent news for me,’ ” the elder Rahami stated.
Rahimi, referred to as the “Chelsea Bomber,” was discovered responsible on eight fees in late 2017.
He was convicted of fees together with the use and tried use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by the use of hearth or explosives, and utilizing a harmful system in furtherance of against the law of violence — specifically, the use and tried use of weapons of mass destruction.
Schooling and household visits
His sentencing lawyer, Xavier Donaldson, requested in a letter to the decide that Rahimi, as a part of his sentencing, “be allowed to avail himself of any instructional alternatives” that he would possibly qualify for in jail.
“Since his arrest, Mr. Rahimi has accomplished courses in enterprise, entrepreneurship and drama whereas in BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) custody,” the letter stated.
Additional, his lawyer requested that “the court docket advocate to the Bureau of Prisons that Mr. Rahimi be housed in a location as shut to Virginia as doable to facilitate household visitation. We make this request primarily as a result of since Mr. Rahimi’s arrest, he has solely been allowed roughly six household visits.”
Radicalizing different inmates
In late 2017, federal prosecutors stated Rahimi offered inmates with copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist supplies, together with speeches by Osama bin Laden and militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — each of whom had been killed in 2011– together with bomb-making directions, books on jihad, and problems with the al Qaeda-backed journal Encourage, prosecutors stated.
Rahimi “has been making an attempt to radicalize fellow inmates within the Metropolitan Correction Heart by, amongst different issues, distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations,” in accordance to a letter from then-Performing US Lawyer Joon H. Kim to Choose Berman.
Rahimi let different inmates view the objects on his laptop computer and gave them digital copies, Kim’s letter stated. Discs of the supplies had been present in two inmates’ possession.
Prosecutors stated Rahimi started distributing these supplies in October 2017, if not earlier.
Bombings in Chelsea and New Jersey
The bomb that went off in Chelsea shattered home windows, vaulted a metal dumpster greater than 100 toes within the air and despatched folks operating from packed eating places and bars on a Saturday evening.
Earlier the identical day, a bomb went off close to the beginning of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution introduced proof — together with DNA and fingerprints — linking Rahimi to the bombs that had been positioned in New Jersey and New York.
“By some miracle, nobody was killed that day,” Assistant US Lawyer Shawn Crowley stated in her opening assertion within the trial.
Two days after the bombs went off, police ended a manhunt for Rahimi with a shootout in Linden, New Jersey. Rahimi and two cops had been wounded within the shootout.
Rahimi faces separate fees in different jurisdictions in reference to the Seaside Park bomb, a backpack containing improvised explosive gadgets discovered the next day at a transit station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the shootout with police earlier than he was taken into custody.
CNN’s Lauren del Valle, Lawrence Criminal III, Doug Criss, and Laura Ly contributed to this report.