The convicted terrorist in the New York City truck attack, Seyfullo Saipov, will not face the death penalty after a New York federal jury on Monday failed to reach a unanimous death sentence.
It was Saipov convicted In late January due to a 2017 Halloween terrorist truck attack that killed eight people and wounded 12 on a Hudson River bike path, marking the deadliest terrorist attack in New York since September 11, 2001.
Saipov drove a Home Depot rented truck down the bike path but only stopped after crashing into a special-needs school bus. He was he heard He shouts: “Allahu Akbar” as he gets out of the truck.
After Saipov was shot by authorities, he was taken to hospital, where he reportedly smiled when he described the attack and asked for an Islamic State (ISIS) flag to be raised in his room.
Although the jury found him guilty of all 28 counts in the indictment, they had to reach a separate unanimous verdict for the federal authorities to impose the death penalty. However, Saipov will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole in lieu of a death sentence.
United States Attorney Damian Williams issued the following statement After the jury refused to impose the death penalty:
On October 31, 2017, Sayfulo Saipov stole eight innocent lives – and destroyed many more – in a horrific terrorist attack. This vicious act fueled Saipov’s allegiance to the Islamic State, a loyalty that Saipov proudly maintained after the attack and even during his trial. Today’s jury refused to authorize the death penalty for Saipov, so the defendant will be subject to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
During closing arguments last week, Assistant US Attorney Amanda Holly told the jury that Saipov deserves the death penalty for his “unintentional slaughter of innocent civilians,” ABC News mentioned.
“Murder is always terrible,” Holly said, “but when the accused chose to kill several people, he exposed himself to a harsher punishment.” He stole eight lives.
However, Saipov’s defense attorney David Patton claimed The jury had “enormous responsibility and power” in determining the fate of Saipov’s life and said it was “not necessary” that he die. Patton also urged the jury to let Saipov “die in secret, not as a hero, not as a martyr.”
“It is not necessary to kill Sayfulo Saipov, it is not for our safety or anyone else’s safety and not for justice,” Patton said. He said. “In this case, we ask you to decide that facing death with more death is not the answer.”
Although New York outlawed the death penalty in 2004, the death penalty is still available in federal courts. However, New York has not Pregnancy The death penalty has been a federal issue since 1953, when convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed.
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