Federal Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the trial, imposed the sentence Tuesday in NY.
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.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in Manhattan said it was hard to reconcile the "reasonable enough" man he saw in court with the terrorist who tried to kill as many people as he could when he left his home early the morning of September 17, 2016, with two pressure-cooker explosives and a bag full of smaller bombs. Rahimi was convicted by a jury in October of setting off weapons of mass destruction. A second bomb in New Jersey that he had placed alongside a Marine Corps road race failed to detonate.
Berman approved restitution to victims at the sum of $562,803 as proposed by the government. Rahami was shot several times but survived.
"After two months, they say, 'Your son is not doing any act like a terrorist, '" Rahimi. said "I said, 'You sure he not doing anything?' He say, 'Yeah, is good news'". Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.
"He has shown no remorse", Crowley said.
According to federal prosecutors, the 30-year-old has shown no remorse for his actions.
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In late 2017, federal prosecutors said Rahimi provided inmates with copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches by Osama bin Laden and militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki - both of whom were killed in 2011- along with bomb-making instructions, books on jihad, and issues of the al Qaeda-backed magazine Inspire, prosecutors said.
His sentencing attorney, Xavier Donaldson, requested in a letter to the judge that Rahimi, as part of his sentencing, "be allowed to avail himself of any educational opportunities" that he might qualify for in prison.
Pauline Nelson, 48, of Brooklyn, stepped to the podium.
The Brooklyn resident was hospitalized after the vehicle she was driving was rocked by the explosion.
"You never apologized to anyone in the courtroom", she said, staring at the bearded Rahimi, who sat at the defense table, shackles on his ankles.