A federal jury has convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi on all charges related to a bomb attack in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that wounded 30 people last September, according to multiple reports Monday.
The 29-year-old resident of Elizabeth, N.J., was found guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, among other charges. Rahimi had pleaded not guilty and his legal team told CBS-NY it plans to appeal the decision. He now faces life in prison.
Rahimi was indicted in Manhattan federal court a year ago for attempting to detonate bombs and carrying out attacks in New York City on Sept. 17, 2016.
Rahimi has been charged with one count of using a weapon of mass destruction; one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction; one count of bombing a place of public use; one count of destroying property by means of fire or explosive; one count of attempting to destroy property by means of fire or explosive; one count of interstate transportation and receipt of explosives; and two counts of using of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.
According to prosecutors, Rahimi transported two improvised explosive devices from New Jersey to New York on the day of the Manhattan attack. He is accusing of putting one in a 100-pound dumpster near 135 West 23rd Street and another on the street by 131 West 27th Street. The 23rd Street bomb went off and sent the dumpster 120 feet into the air, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York. The 27th Street bomb failed to detonate and was later located by law enforcement officials.
Rahimi, prosecutors said, also left an IED near Seaside Park in New Jersey and one by the entrance of the New Jersey Transit station in Elizabeth. He was nabbed by law enforcement on Sept. 20 after a shootout with police.
The prosecution argued Rahimi was motivated to carry out the attack by Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda.