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The Times Square bomber get life in prison. CC by iogi/Flickr

The Times Square Bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has been sentenced to life in prison. He didn’t try and make a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to the crime. The sentence is for life. There will be no possibility of parole. This May, Shahzad attempted to carry out a terrorist attack. He tried to set off a crude explosive device in Times Square. Police were alerted to a smoking, ticking SUV by street vendors, and it resulted in a Times Square evacuation. Shahzad was arrested not long afterward. He is Pakistani by birth. He is affiliated with a Pakistan based branch of the Taliban.

Times Square bomber gets life sentence

An SUV with explosives in it was what Faisal Shahzad tried to leave in Times Square so it’d explode. He was arrested pretty soon after his Times Square bomb didn’t actually work. CNN reports that he entered a guilty plea in June. He was charged with 10 crimes and was found guilty for all. The judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Times Square bomber, as he has been dubbed, was defiant in the face of incarceration for the rest of his life. He said that America would be defeated soon. He was adamant that adherents of Islam would soon sweep Americans from their lands.

Shahzad has communication with Pakistan Taliban

Shahzad claims he spoke with the Taliban group in Pakistan. This apparently happened often. He was able to get funding for his bomb operation. Reuters explains that this came from the jihadist group, Tehrik-e-Taliban. Shahzad has a family. This family was moved from Connecticut to Pakistan for him. Shahzad was going to do many attacks. He planned to keep attacking with each successful bomb. He planned on killing more than 40 people. He was planning a second bombing a few weeks after the attempted Times Square bombing. He was found in the LuGuardia airport trying to leave.

Prosecution asked for life

The prosecution believes Shahzad’s sentence to life in prison is enough of a threat that the it will stop other would-be terrorists. Now that the prosecution’s request has been granted, only time will tell whether it quells terrorist activity.

Information from

CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/05/new.york.terror.plot/?hpt=T1

Reuters: http://reuters.com/article/idUSN0517486220101005

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