The New Jersey guy convicted of planting bombs in Chelsea does now not deserve a couple of lifestyles sentences and must have the ability to additional his schooling and spot his circle of relatives whilst spending the remainder of his lifestyles in jail, his legal professional argued on Friday.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 30, faces sentencing on Feb. 13 in federal courtroom in Long island over the assault, together with a bomb that injured 30 other people when it exploded on Sept. 17, 2016.
Jurors convicted Rahimi in October on all 8 counts he confronted, together with using a weapon of mass destruction. Rahimi turned into referred to as the “Chelsea Bomber.”
In a letter to U.S. District Pass judgement on Richard Berman, who will impose punishment, Rahimi’s legal professional Xavier Donaldson mentioned his consumer merits not more than lifestyles plus 45 years in jail, all however 15 years of which can be required through regulation.
Donaldson mentioned Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was once born in Afghanistan, has finished categories in industry, entrepreneurship and drama since his arrest.
He mentioned Rahimi must be allowed to “avail himself of any instructional alternatives” he qualifies for whilst in jail, and mentioned the daddy of 3 must be housed as with regards to Virginia as imaginable so circle of relatives can consult with.
Donaldson suggested Berman to not “unnecessarily stack” further lifestyles sentences on Rahimi for 3 of the 8 counts.
“The most obvious severity of a lifestyles sentence plus 30 years is crystal transparent: mentioned sentence is meant to make certain that Mr. Rahimi isn’t launched,” he wrote.
On Jan. 16, federal prosecutors additionally suggested a lifestyles sentence for Rahimi.
They mentioned Rahimi has “failed to turn regret” and has attempted to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda.