Brooklyn subway bomber pleads guilty to terrorism after injuring 10

Frank James pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after opening fire on a New York City subway in April 2022

Frank James pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after opening fire on a New York subway in April 2022 (Images: AP)

A gunman who opened fire on a Brooklyn subway, injuring 10 passengers, has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges.

Frank James, 63, admitted in court Tuesday that he shot commuters on the train bound for Manhattan on April 12. The charges could earn him a life sentence.

James was wearing tan prison jumpsuits and reading from a prepared statement.

“My intention was to seriously injure the people on the train,” James said, not seeming to show emotion.

However, James confessed that he knew what he was doing could have been deadly.

James pleaded guilty to all 11 counts he faced, including 10 counts of a terrorist attack on a mass transit system, one for each driver injured. The terrorism charge carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. And the latest charge, firing a firearm in a violent crime, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

US Attorney Breon Peace stated that “this guilty plea is an important step in holding James fully accountable and in helping the victims of the defendant’s violence and our great city to heal.”

James detonated grenades and fired at least 33 rounds from a 9mm pistol as the train pulled into a Sunset Park station. He fled and led authorities on a 30-hour hunt until he called the police to surrender. The injured victims were between 16 and 60 years old.

James’ attorneys, Mia Eisner-Grynberg and Amanda David, stated that he “has accepted responsibility for his crimes since he turned himself in to law enforcement.”

“Just punishment in this case will carefully weigh the harm he has caused against his age, health and the Bureau of Prisons’ notoriously inadequate medical care,” they explained.

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