Ahmad Rahimi reads a statement to the judge during his sentencing hearing in NY on Tuesday.
Using fingerprints found inside the unexploded devices, authorities tied the Afghan-born USA citizen to a series of bombings that injured 30 across the area.
"I don't harbor hate toward anyone", Ahmed Khan Rahimi said during a rambling statement in which he defended his family and criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors and prison officials.
Rahimi, a fast food worker turned homegrown extremist, brought two pressure cooker bombs from New Jersey to Manhattan on September 17 2016, planting them on W. 23 and W. 27th St., officials said.
Earlier the same day, a bomb went off near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey. More than 30 people were injured, and they described that night in testimony at Rahimi's trial.
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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.
"You laugh with your lawyer".
"There is no comparison between the grievances that you may feel and the actions you took". "You have no remorse".
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After a two-week trial in October, a jury found Rahimi guilty on eight counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
"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.
Rahimi spoke to the judge, saying he didn't come from Afghanistan as a child with hate in his heart.
"Rahimi attempted to wreak havoc in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City".
In recent court papers, prosecutors painted Rahimi as a remorseless terrorist who was basking in his newfound infamy.
Some failed to detonate and others were dealt with by police explosives experts.
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".
Rahimi even laughed during the conversation, prosecutors claimed.