Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, injured 30 people when one of his bombs exploded in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on a September night in 2016.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led into court in Elizabeth, N.J. on December 20.
Rahami, given a chance to speak at his sentencing, said: "I don't harbor hate for anyone". 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.
"He failed", said New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born USA citizen, appears in court.
Rahimi's arrest came two days after the September 17 bombings during a shootout with police.
Rahimi's attorney, Xavier Donaldson, said they plan to appeal.
Hours later at 8:30 p.m., Rahimi's main explosive - a pressure cooker filled with ball bearings - went off on 23rd St.in downtown Manhattan.
He allegedly placed a small pipe bomb on the route of a charity running race in New Jersey, which exploded without injuring anyone, and then planted the two bombs in Chelsea.
Using fingerprints found inside the unexploded devices, authorities tied the Afghan-born US citizen to a series of bombings that injured 30 across the area.
He was convicted last October.
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".
Prosecutors had used a Rahimi diary as evidence that he wanted to be a part of jihad, but in court Tuesday Rahimi didn't take responsibility for the bombing.
Rahimi was arrested and charged after a pressure cooker bomb went off in New York's Chelsea neighborhood the night of September 17, 2016. The other bomb, four blocks north, was discovered and rendered safe before it could explode.
"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees". Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.
Rahimi, a naturalized USA citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.