New York subway bomber Frank James pleads guilty to terrorism charges

FILE - New York police and law enforcement officers lead suspected subway shooter Frank James, center, away from a police station on April 13, 2022 in New York. According to a letter dated Wednesday, Dec. 21, James is charged with wounding 10 people when he fired a gun into a crowded Brooklyn subway car earlier this year, and has told his attorneys that he will plead guilty next month want to confess. (AP Photo/Seth Little, file)

New York City police and law enforcement officers lead suspected subway shooter Frank James (center) away from a police station following his April 13 arrest (Image: AP)

The suspect in the mass shooting on a Brooklyn subway platform that injured at least 10 people intends to plead guilty to federal terrorism charges, according to his attorneys.

Lawyers for Frank James, the man accused of opening fire on commuters in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn on April 12, 2022, sent a letter to the court saying the alleged assailant was his want to change previous not guilty plea.

Judge William Kuntz II has scheduled a hearing on January 3, 2023 to change James’s plea. The alleged attacker faces a maximum of life imprisonment.

On the morning of April 12, James entered the Kings Highway subway wearing a safety vest and yellow hard hat. Then he boarded an N train to Manhattan.

Frank James is sworn in before pleading not guilty to terrorism and weapons charges in April (Image: REUTERS)

The train pulled into the 36th Street station in Sunset Park at about 8:30 am. When the train stopped, James allegedly donned a gas mask and opened smoke grenades. He then opened fire on the crowd, firing a total of 33 bullets.

A total of 10 people were injured by gunfire. About 19 others reported other injuries resulting from the attack.

Some of the passengers managed to escape by crossing the station and boarding an approaching R train.

James escaped in the ensuing chaos. Authorities began a massive 30-hour manhunt to find the suspect.

James finally turned himself in by phoning the police and telling them his whereabouts. When authorities finally caught up with him, he was eating at McDonald’s in the East Village — just five miles from the crime scene.

James previously pleaded not guilty when charged in May.

In December, federal prosecutors filed additional charges against James. These include charges of terrorism, violence against a mass transit system, and firing a firearm during a violent crime.

James has yet to be charged by New York State.

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