(HorizonPost.com) – The perpetrator of the 2022 New York City subway attack pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges.
Reports show the defendant, Frank James, pleaded guilty after initially pleading not guilty in May when he opened fire on a crowded New York City subway train traveling through Brooklyn.
James was arrested on the Lower East Side of Manhattan the following day after calling in a tip on himself. Investigators were able to link James to items left behind at the crime scene, including a credit card, a set of keys, a construction jacket, and a gun.
A report reveals James has a lengthy criminal record and had posted rambling YouTube videos in which he discussed violence and mass shootings. He stated he considered killing people who had presumably wronged him.
In one posted just one day before the shootings, James discussed a violent individual who ended up in prison. He stated that he could understand why he did it but was worried about the consequences.
James, 62, wounded ten people in the attack and admitted that he intended to cause serious bodily harm to the people on the train. He also stated that he did not intend to cause death.
Reports show that James admitted to ten counts of committing a terrorist attack and other acts of violence against a mass transit system and a vehicle carrying passengers and employees, one for each gunshot victim. In addition, he pled guilty to one count of discharging a firearm during a violent crime.
James’ plea comes nearly nine months after prosecutors said he donned a gas mask, detonated a smoke device, and fired a handgun at least 33 times on a crowded N train heading toward the 36th Street station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 12. In addition to the ten people wounded by gunfire, additional people were injured by the smoke. Twenty-nine people were hospitalized in total.
James will likely be sentenced at a later time. For each of the 11 counts, he faces up to life in prison.
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