Times Square Bomber Sentenced to Life in Jail
Faisal Shahzad, the man arrested in May for attempting to set off a car bomb in New York City’s Times Square, has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday following his guilty plea on ten counts of indictment for his May 1, 2010, attempt to sow terror in New York’s busiest area. The 30-year-old Pakistan-born computer science graduate and computer engineer had been unrepentant throughout his trial, saying his attempt was meant to make the United States pay for its drone attacks in Pakistan.
Shahzad also warned the US that it should brace for more attacks as the “war with the Muslims has just begun.” “The defeat of the US is imminent and will happen in the near future,” he said.
Shahzad’s attempt failed to materialize after the car bomb that he had left in the middle of Times Square did not detonate. He was arrested on May 3 while trying to escape to Pakistan. Shahzad was already on board an Emirates flight to Dubai when he was arrested at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.