But in sentencing him to life plus 30 years, US District Judge Richard Berman said: "I did not hear an ounce of justification".
"It's really hard to square the way you appear in court to that other behavior", Berman said. Earlier the same day, a pipe bomb exploded near the start of a Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse".
In his 15-minute address to the court, Rahimi not once apologized for the bombing.
Pauline Nelson accepted Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman's invitation Tuesday for victims of the September 17, 2016 attack to speak at the sentencing hearing for the Afghanistan-born Ahmad Khan Rahimi.
"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.
A second bomb planted nearby did not go off.
One of the inmates Rahimi tried to radicalize was already in prison in prison facing charges of attempting to recruit for ISIS.
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.
"Since his arrest, Mr. Rahimi has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama while in BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons) custody", the letter said.
Rahimi, prosecutors said, gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials, including speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US -born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a USA airstrike in September 2011. Rahimi shared bomb-making instructions and speeches by terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki.
The bomber's father has said his son was remorseful and thankful that no one was killed in the explosions. Discs of the materials were found in two inmates' possession.
Rahimi and two police officers were wounded in the shootout.
She described Rahimi's efforts to radicalize fellow prisoners at the federal jail in NY where he has been imprisoned since his arrest.
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