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63-year-old NYC Subway Shooter Pleads Guilty to 10 Federal Terrorism Charges

The 63-year-old man in Manhattan named Frank Robert James who admitted to committing a mass shooting inside of a New York City subway car in April that resulted in dozens of commuters being injured, the man has pleaded guilty to a spate of federal terrorism charges.

Federal authorities announced, on Tuesday, Frank Robert James formally pleaded guilty to his doing to a superseding indictment charging him with 10 counts of terrorism and other violence against a mass transportation system carrying many passengers and employees.

The FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force conducted their investigation on the suspect James, consisting of FBI agents and detectives from the New York Police Department.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell in a press release Tuesday stated that today’s guilty plea is a distinct admission of the terror Mr. James inflicted on New Yorkers last April in Brooklyn, and he is being held accountable for his reprehensible actions that very morning. The nation’s largest transit system is New York City’s lifeblood. Its subway riders expect and deserve the brisk, coordinated, and detailed work exhibited by everyone involved in bringing this terrible incident to a successful close.

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What Did James Do That Took The Lives Of Those Innocent People

The suspect James was the man who opened fire on an N-train car on April 12 Sunset Park section of Brooklyn during rush hour at approximately 8:26 a.m.

Frank Robert James set off his two smoke grenades on the second car of the Manhattan-bound subway train while it was heading from the station of 59th Street to 36th Street station, within the Sunset Park Brooklyn Neighborhood. James then fired a 9mm semi-automatic handgun 33 times and hit 10 innocent people.

The police said the gunshot victims, 13 people were wounded from smoke inhalation, falling, or panic. No one died from the crucial attack. Suspect James fled as soon as the mass shooting but was easily traceable based on evidence he left at the scene.

While prosecutors had previously contemplated a possible scenario that might allow for James’ eventual release from prison, they’ve already signaled that they plan to suggest a sentence that would effectively incarcerate the 63-year-old man for the rest of his life. Any of those first 10 terrorism charges could put James away for life.

According to the letter, if James only clearly demonstrates acceptance of responsibility during his hearing back on Tuesday, the estimated thought of the Government is that the sentencing guidelines call for a sentence between 382 to 447 months imprisonment and roughly 31 and 37 years behind bars. If James does not come clean the sentencing exposure will rise sharply.

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