Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad sentenced to life

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 By

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The Times Square bomber has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Times Square Bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has been sentenced to life in prison. He pled guilty and was not offered any deals by the prosecution to do so. His sentence is without the possibility of parole. Shahzad attempted to set off a crude explosive in Times Square. Pedestrians alerted police to a smoking vehicle, which resulted in a Times Square evacuation. The device was defused and Shahzad was quickly arrested. He was affiliated with a Pakistan based Taliban organization.

Times Square bomber gets life

Faisal Shahzad attempted to leave an explosive-laden SUV at Times Square. The Times Square car bomb didn’t work, and he was soon arrested. He entered a plea of guilty for the crime in June, according to CNN. He was found guilty of 10 different crimes. The judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Times Square bomber, as he has been dubbed, was defiant in the face of incarceration for the rest of his life. He pledged that a defeat of America was imminent. He was adamant that adherents of Islam would soon sweep Americans from their lands.

Shahzad communicated with Taliban in Pakistan

Shahzad was in regular communication with a Taliban group in Pakistan. The jihadist group, called Tehrik-e-Taliban, also funded his bomb operation, according to Reuters. He has a wife and two children, whom he moved from Connecticut to Pakistan. Shahzad intended to carry out another attack if the first had been successful. He said that his intention was to kill up to 40 people or more. He would have carried a second plot several weeks after the first. After his New York terror plot failed, he attempted to flee to Dubai, but was caught at LuGuardia airport.

Prosecution asked for life

The prosecution in the case asked for life. The prosecution felt that life in prison would perhaps deter anyone else from thinking about similar acts.




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