This courtroom sketch provided by artist Elizabeth Williams shows defendant Ahmad Khan Rahimi, seated, left, in court during opening arguments on the first day of his federal trial Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in New York.
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Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the man charged with leaving two bombs in New York City last September that injured 30 people, who was later captured after a shootout with police in New Jersey, has been convicted of terrorism charges in federal court.
A jury found the 29-year-old Afghanistan-born man — who was living in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when he carried out the attack — guilty on all counts, including the most serious charge of detonating a weapon of mass destruction in public. He’s also accused of detonating a bomb in Seaside Park, New Jersey. No one was injured in that explosion. Rahimi faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
“On September 17, 2016, [Rahimi] attacked our country and our way of life. Inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda, Rahimi planted and detonated bombs on the streets of Chelsea, in the heart of Manhattan, and in New Jersey, hoping to kill and maim as many innocent people as possible,” Joon Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in statement following the announcement of the verdict Monday.
“Rahimi’s crimes of hate have been met with swift and resolute justice. Just over a year after his attacks, and following a fair and open trial, Rahimi now stands convicted of his crimes of terror by a unanimous jury of New Yorkers,” Kim said.
The federal jury deliberated over two days after a trial where the defense did little to challenge the government’s case that Rahimi carried out the attack.