An Islamist assassin has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of eight people in New York. Because the jury, according to consistent media reports, could not agree on a death sentence for the 35-year-old on Monday, he automatically received the maximum possible prison sentence.
The perpetrator, who had already been found guilty in January, would have received the death penalty, which is extremely rare in New York State, if the decision had been unanimous.Police overpowered perpetratorsThe last execution took place there in the 1960s. On October 31, 2017, Halloween Day, the assassin drove a pickup truck into cyclists and pedestrians in New York. The Uzbekistan native and avowed Islamist killed eight people and injured eleven others in the attack in Manhattan. Finally, the then 29-year-old drove the van into a school bus. As he got out, a police officer shot him and arrested him. The assassin later told the FBI that he was proud of his crime. At the trial in New York, the defense admitted that their client committed the crime. He wanted to die as a martyr. Among the 28 charges were eight counts of murder, twelve counts of attempted murder and support for the terrorist group Islamic State.