Inspired by the Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups, Rahimi planted and detonated several bombs in the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey, including a pressure cooker device that exploded in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea, wounding 30 people.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, also known as the "Chelsea bomber", set off the devices in Manhattan.
"I don't harbor hate toward anyone", Ahmed Khan Rahimi said during a rambling statement in which he defended his family and criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors and prison officials.
"Rahimi placed two ticking bombs in a crowded Manhattan neighborhood on a warm Saturday night", O'Neill said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse".
Since his arrest, two other lone-wolf attackers have carried out bombings in NY.
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. Rahimi's total sentence is life, followed by another mandatory term of 30 years, followed by a second term of life.
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Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a USA -born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US airstrike in September 2011.
"(Another inmate) asked me how are we going to watch the news and I told him I don't need to watch the news because I am the news", Rahimi allegedly told a family member in a jailhouse phone call, while he was on trial.
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.
"I get it", Berman told Rahimi after announcing the sentence. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.
"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror". Police officers also were injured.
Some failed to detonate and others were dealt with by police explosives experts.