NY bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

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"The nature of the crime was heinous, wanton and life-threatening ... it's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", said US District Judge Richard Berman.

The first explosion, on September 17, occurred along the route of a charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Rahimi was born in Afghanistan but was a naturalized US citizen. "That's when I started" noticing discrimination, Rahimi said in his emotionless five-minute statement.

Rahimi claimed at his sentencing that he "doesn't harbor hate for anyone", but prosecutors claimed he was proud of his actions and had already tried to radicalize people in prison.

The bomb that went off in Chelsea shattered windows, vaulted a steel dumpster more than 100 feet in the air and sent people running from packed restaurants and bars on a Saturday night.

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Rahimi also said that his father had reported him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation several years ago because he feared that Rahimi was getting involved in terrorism, and believed in the slogan, "see something, say something".

While imprisoned, Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama, Donaldson wrote.

The next day when returning to New Jersey Rahimi left a backpack containing six pipe bombs in a New Jersey train station and one exploded after being detonated by a police robot, but caused no injuries.

"As the evidence at trial demonstrated, the defendant was committed to waging his holy war against Americans years before he carried out his attack", prosecutors said of Rahimi according to Fox News.

"I get it", Berman told Rahimi after announcing the sentence.

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Rahimi railed at that accusation in court, saying one of the inmates had been "groomed" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a sting operation and was radicalized long before they ever crossed paths. A second pressure cooker bomb was found a few blocks away, on 27th Street, but it didn't detonate.

Since Rahimi's arrest, two other lone-wolf attackers have carried out bombings in NY.

She described Rahimi's efforts to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.

Defense attorney Xavier Donaldson said that Rahimi had once aspired to be a police officer and worked as a security guard after studying criminal justice at a community college.

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