Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his homemade bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016.
Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms in prison. He became a naturalized USA citizen in 2011.
He said he considered Rahimi to be a danger to the community, citing the "hostile and threatening " nature of the bombings and the influence of "virulent anti-U.S." terrorist propaganda. "That's when I started" noticing discrimination, Rahimi said in his emotionless five-minute statement.
One life term was mandatory but the judge exercised his discretion by imposing life sentences for counts that Rahimi's defense lawyer said deserved only a 15-year sentence. "It is not." Rahimi was convicted on October 16, 2017, following a two-week jury trial before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who also imposed today's sentence.
Mohammad Rahimi, told NBC New York on Monday that he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014 that he was anxious his son might have been radicalized.
While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.
Federal prosecutors say he has not shown remorse and has tried to radicalize fellow inmates.
Rahimi "has been attempting to radicalize fellow inmates in the Metropolitan Correction Center by, among other things, distributing propaganda and publications issued by terrorist organizations", according to a letter from then-Acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim to Judge Berman.
"We saw videos", he said, referencing multiple videos at his fall trial that showed Rahimi dragging bombs in two suitcases and a backpack through Manhattan streets, setting one down a half hour before it exploded in the upscale Chelsea neighborhood and another a few blocks away that was discovered and disabled before it could explode.
That blast happened just hours after a small pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps road race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, frightening participants but injuring no one. Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.
After speaking on the record for the first time, the Chelsea Bomber received two life sentences, plus 30 years, all to be served consecutively, for the September 2016 bombing he carried out. 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.