New charges boost case against New Jersey man in bomb­ings

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Larry Neumeis­ter

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors boosted their case Wed­nes­day against a man charged with set­ting off bombs in New Jersey and New York that in­jured 30 peo­ple, bring­ing ad­di­tional charges in an in­dict­ment and sub­ject­ing him to a po­ten­tial manda­tory life-in-prison penalty if he is con­victed.

The eight-count in­dict­ment in Man­hat­tan fed­eral court speeds the case along against 28-yearold Ah­mad Khan Rahimi. He has been held with­out bail in the Sept. 17 at­tacks since his ar­rest two days after­ward when he was shot by po­lice in a shootout out­side a Lin­den, New Jersey, bar.

The bomb­ings in­cluded the evening ex­plo­sion of a bomb in Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bor­hood that in­jured 30 peo­ple and the det­o­na­tion of a pipe bomb along a Marine Corps Char­ity race in Sea­side Park, New Jersey ear­lier in the day.

Rahimi is sched­uled to en­ter a plea to the in­dict­ment dur­ing a court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day.

The new bomb­ing charges in the in­dict­ment were added to charges al­ready lodged against him in a fed­eral com­plaint in New York. If con­victed of all counts, he would face a manda­tory life prison sen­tence.

He also faces the po­ten­tial for a manda­tory life prison sen­tence in a case brought against him in Union County, New Jersey. Au­thor­i­ties an­nounced Wed­nes­day that a grand jury there had handed up an in­dict­ment charg­ing Rahimi with 30 counts, in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, ag­gra­vated as­sault and weapons of­fenses stem­ming from the Sept. 19 shootout. He is charged with shoot­ing one of­fi­cer in his pro­tec­tive vest. An­other of­fi­cer was struck in the head by a bul­let frag­ment. Nei­ther in­jury was life threat­en­ing.

One of his lawyers said at an ini­tial ap­pear­ance for the El­iz­a­beth, New Jersey, res­i­dent last week in Man­hat­tan, where he will face trial first, that he will plead not guilty to any fed­eral in­dict­ment. As­sis­tant Fed­eral De­fender Sab­rina Shroff de­clined com­ment af­ter the in­dict­ment was re­turned Wed­nes­day.

In a re­lease, Man­hat­tan U.S. At­tor­ney Preet Bharara noted that the Chelsea bomb­ing shat­tered win­dows hun­dreds of yards away and pro­pelled a 100-pound dump­ster over 120 feet.

Un­til last week, the El­iz­a­beth man re­mained in a New Jersey hos­pi­tal or jail fa­cil­ity re­cov­er­ing from his gun­shot wounds.

As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers Dave Porter in Ne­wark, New Jersey, and Eric Tucker in Wash­ing­ton con­trib­uted to this story.

NICOLAUS CZARNECKI — BOS­TON HER­ALD VIA AP

Ah­mad Khan Ra­hami is taken into cus­tody af­ter a shootout with po­lice Mon­day, Sept. 19, 2016, in Lin­den, N.J.

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