Times Square Bomber Gets Life
Cops used replicate bomb blast to seek stiff sentence for Faisal Shahzad
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2010 9:50 AM CDT
Faisal Shahzad.   (Anonymous)

(Newser) – The man who plotted to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square and leaving it to explode has been sentenced to life in prison. A federal judge gave Faisal Shahzad a mandatory life prison term at his sentencing today in Manhattan federal court. An FBI video showing the devastation a replicated bomb caused in a Pennsylvania field proved a key piece of evidence in securing the life sentence.

Calling himself a Muslim solider, a defiant Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts, and told the court he'd hoped to kill at least 40. Shahzad, a former budget analyst from Connecticut and a Pakistani immigrant, was arrested two days after the May 1 attempted bombing. The bomb he had packed into the back of an SUV sputtered, injuring no one in a Times Square packed with tourists.