M - A New Jersey man allegedly inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda to plant bombs in New York City and New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday - after complaining that he was being discriminated against for being Muslim, NBC News reported.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi is seen in an undated photo released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after a bombing in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood left 30 injured on September 17, 2016.
Asked to speak at his sentencing Tuesday, Rahimi said he doesn't "harbor hate for anyone".
He moved to the United States in 1995 with his family and became a naturalized citizen in 2011.
"I have been here for more than 20 years, I had American friends and Muslim friends", he said.
But prosecutors said Rahimi has not shown remorse, and that he tried to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he's been held.
Rahimi's father says he warned authorities about this son two years before the attack.
He was convicted of charges including the use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destroying property by means of fire or explosives, and using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence - namely, the use and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction.
"We intend to appeal", Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said outside of the courthouse here, after the hearing.
While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.
Late a year ago, Rahimi began trying to radicalize prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, prosecutors say. Earlier that day, he had placed a bomb in a garbage can at the finish line of a US Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J. The race's start time had been delayed, however, and no one was hurt when the bomb exploded.
The third bomb was found four blocks north at 27th Street.
During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence - including DNA and fingerprints - linking Rahimi to the bombs that were placed in New Jersey and NY.
Rahami, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by the founder of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011.
The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.
Rahimi used household goods to create a bomb packed into a pressure cooker and wired to a flip-phone detonator, which he placed on the busy NY street on September 17, 2016.