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Asked to speak at his sentencing Tuesday, Rahimi said he doesn't "harbor hate for anyone".

The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police on the streets of Linden, N.J. Rahimi was injured but survived.

Berman handed down the sentence in US District Court in Manhattan, ending the prosecution of Rahimi, who was convicted of the high-profile act of jihad-inspired terrorism that was widely considered a near miss, injuring dozens without killing anyone.

Rahimi was accused of planting several homemade bombs including one along the route of a Marine Corps charity race.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, center, is led into court in Elizabeth, N.J. on December 20. A second pressure cooker bomb was found a few blocks away, on 27th Street, but it didn't detonate.

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Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born USA citizen convicted of planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.

"My father failed like the system failed him", Rahimi said.

His sentencing attorney, Xavier Donaldson, requested in a letter to the judge that Rahimi, as part of his sentencing, "be allowed to avail himself of any educational opportunities" that he might qualify for in prison.

For Berman, anything less than the statutory sentencing guidelines "would be totally inappropriate and not viable".

Outside court, Nelson said it brought her relief to confront him.

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"I've learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people", Rahimi said, attributing this understanding to "life experience".

Jurors took less than four hours to convict Rahimi on eight counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, following a two-week trial.

Rahimi railed at that accusation in court, saying one of the inmates had been "groomed" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a sting operation and was radicalized long before they ever crossed paths. He also ordered $562,803 in restitution.

On Monday, in an interview with WNBC, Rahimi's father called his son a terrorist, but said Rahimi is glad no one died in the incidents.

During the trial, the prosecution presented evidence - including DNA and fingerprints - linking Rahimi to the bombs that were placed in New Jersey and NY. "He failed", said Commissioner O'Neill.

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