“NYC Bike Path Terrorist Sentenced to Life in Prison After Jury Fails to Agree on Death Penalty”

New York City bike path attacker Sayfullo Saipov was sentenced to life in prison today for the 2017 attack that killed eight people and injured 12. After a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty, Judge Vernon Broderick imposed the sentence, calling Saipov’s actions “the most heinous and cowardly crime.”

Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, drove a rented truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017, killing eight people and injuring 12 others. He told investigators that he was inspired by ISIS propaganda and chose Halloween as the date for the attack because he thought more people would be out on the streets.

During the trial, Saipov showed little remorse for his actions and even smiled in court when the prosecution played a video of the attack. His defense team argued that he should not receive the death penalty because he was radicalized by ISIS propaganda and did not act alone.

In announcing the sentence, Judge Broderick noted that Saipov’s actions had caused “unspeakable pain and suffering” to the victims and their families. “This is a case that cries out for a just and severe punishment,” he said.

Saipov will now spend the rest of his life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. The decision was met with mixed reactions from the victims’ families, some of whom had been calling for the death penalty. Others said they were satisfied with the sentence and glad the trial was over.