A Bangladeshi man convicted of setting off a pipe bomb during rush hour in New York’s busiest subway station, Times Square, was sentenced on Thursday to life plus 30 years in prison.
Akayed Ullah, 31, of Brooklyn had claimed he wanted to kill only himself and was not acting on behalf of Islamic State when he detonated his homemade bomb on Dec. 11, 2017.
U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Sullivan, who imposed the sentence, called the attack a “truly barbaric and heinous crime.”
No one died and four people were injured in the explosion, which caused a temporary shutdown of the station and the adjacent Port Authority Bus Terminal. Mr. Ullah was burned in the attack.
The bomb materials had come from a nearby construction site where Mr. Ullah worked as an electrician.
Prosecutors had said he was angry with then-President Donald Trump and with U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and that Islamic State propaganda inspired him to kill, maim and terrorize as many commuters as possible in a “lone wolf” attack.
Lawyers for Mr. Ullah argued that a mandatory 35-year prison term was more than enough punishment, calling the attack an “aberration” in an otherwise peaceful life.
Mr. Ullah lived with his mother, sister and two brothers in Brooklyn, while his wife and infant son, who is now three years old, lived in Bangladesh.
After the attack, Mr. Trump criticized the visa program that allowed Mr. Ullah to enter the country in 2011 because he had family in the U.S., calling such family visas “incompatible with national security.”
Mr. Ullah was convicted in November, 2018. Justice Sullivan presided over Mr. Ullah’s case when he was a federal district judge.
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