Faisal Shahzad, the man responsible for trying to set off a bomb during a busy day in Times Square, NYC, has now been sentenced to life in prison.
His unsuccessful attempt at setting off the SUV bomb was foiled when pedestrians noticed a Nissan Pathfinder that was left unattended in the middle of a busy street was starting to get filled with smoke. Police soon disarmed the bomb and located Faisal Shahzad just two days later as he was trying to leave the country.
During the investigation it was also found that Shahzad accessed websites that provided real-time video of the crowds in Times Square in the weeks before the attack so that he can maximize the deadly effect of his bomb. He wanted to select a time with the most pedestrian traffic “because pedestrians walking on the streets would be easier to kill and to injure than people driving in cars,” according to prosecutors. Shahzad himself even said that his bomb would have killed at least 40 people.
Having been an offence against the people of New York City, his trial was held in Manhattan, New York, where he was charged with 10-count indictment including charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting an act of terrorism. For these charges he was sentenced to life in prison.
After he was sentenced and pleaded guilty, Mr. Shahzad said his sentence “will only be for the limit God has for me in this world… I’m happy with the deal that God has given me.”
(Via Wall Street Journal)