In September 2016, 30 people were injured when a pressure-cooker bomb went off in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea.
The FBI, New York Police Department, New York State Police, and the Linden, New Jersey, Police Department mobilized, and CNN reported that the collaborated effort enabled them to locate suspect Ahmad Rahimi within 50 hours of the bomb's detonation.
“Last September, Rahimi set out to harm innocent people who were simply living their lives one Saturday evening,” FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement to CNN. “He underestimated the resilience of New Yorkers as well as the resolution of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force to see justice served.”
On Monday, slightly more than a year after he was charged, justice was served and Rahimi was found guilty on all eight counts that he'd been charged with, including:
- The use and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
- Bombing a public place.
- Destroying property by means of fire or explosives.
- Using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Fox News reported that the verdict comes with an eligibility of a mandatory sentence of life in prison, and he still faces charges in New Jersey.
During the trial, victims recounted their experiences and evidence was presented linking Rahimi's DNA to the bomb, as well as a video that showed the suspect dropping duffle bags on West 23rd Street and West 27th Street before the bomb detonated, according to the New York Daily News.
“Today's verdict is the most forceful deterrent for anyone considering waging terror in our city. We will investigate; we will find those responsible; and justice will prevail,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told the New York Daily News.
The result of the trial was also praised as a victory by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who tweeted, “The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees. But NYC will never be intimidated. We remain vigilant, resolute and safe.”
CNN reported that Rahimi was emotionless as the verdict was read and his sentencing is scheduled for January 18.
Watch below via Fox News.