Bomber gets life in prison for New York, New Jer­sey at­tacks

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

NEW YORK » A New Jer­sey man who set off small bombs in two states, in­clud­ing a pres­sure cooker de­vice that blasted shrap­nel across a New York City block, was sen­tenced Tues­day to mul­ti­ple terms of life in prison by a judge who re­peat­edly called it a mir­a­cle no­body was killed.

Ah­mad Khan Rahimi, a nat­u­ral­ized U.S. 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.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Ber­man in Man­hat­tan said it was hard to rec­on­cile the “rea­son­able enough” man he saw in court with the ter­ror­ist who tried to kill as many peo­ple as he could when he left his home early the morn­ing of Sept. 17, 2016, with two pres­sure­cooker ex­plo­sives and a bag full of smaller bombs.

“You sound like most peo­ple and yet your ac­tions are to­tally at odds with your voice,” Ber­man said.

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