Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized US citizen born in Afghanistan, was criticized by a prosecutor for failing to show remorse and was scolded by a victim for not apologizing to the 30 people he injured.
Pauline Nelson accepted Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman's invitation Tuesday for victims of the September 17, 2016 attack to speak at the sentencing hearing for the Afghanistan-born Ahmad Khan Rahimi.
Rahimi claimed at his sentencing that he "doesn't harbor hate for anyone", but prosecutors claimed he was proud of his actions and had already tried to radicalize people in prison.
"The nature of the crime was heinous, wanton and life-threatening ... it's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", said US District Judge Richard Berman.
In court, Rahimi echoed his father's remarks, seeming to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not stopping him sooner.
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Rahimi was born in Afghanistan but was a naturalized USA citizen.
Rahimi was arrested two days after the attacks following a shootout with police which left him in hospital for weeks.
Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said they plan to appeal.
Berman called Rahimi, 30, a "clear and present danger" and said it was too big a risk not to impose a life sentence, especially after Rahimi offered "not an ounce of justification" for his crimes.
Rahimi is a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in Elizabeth, N.J. Prosecutors describe him as acting alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda on the Internet.
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In his 15-minute address to the court, Rahimi not once apologized for the bombing. He was convicted of eight criminal charges in October 2017, including bombing a public place and using a weapon of mass destruction.
Rahimi also said that his father had reported him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation several years ago because he feared that Rahimi was getting involved in terrorism, and believed in the slogan, "see something, say something".
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