US Seeks Death Penalty in Terror Attack on Manhattan Bike Path | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Sep 28, 18
US Seeks Death Penalty in Terror Attack on Manhattan Bike Path | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan told a judge on Friday that they intend to seek the death penalty if a jury convicts Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek man charged in the 2017 truck attack that killed eight people on a crowded Manhattan bike path. The Halloween Day attack was the deadliest in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. The decision to seek capital punishment ultimately rested with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Saipov’s lawyers had asked the judge to block the government from seeking the death penalty, citing tweets by President Trump that called for Mr. Saipov’s execution. Shortly after the attack, Mr. Trump posted messages on Twitter declaring, “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY” and “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY.” The government’s decision was announced in a submission to the judge, Vernon S. Broderick of Federal District Court in Manhattan, by the office of Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Federal prosecutors rarely seek the death penalty. In Manhattan, it has not happened since the case of Khalid Barnes, who was convicted in 2009 of two drug-related murders. A jury sentenced him to life in prison. Prosecutors say Mr. Saipov, 30, plowed a pickup truck down a bike path along the Hudson River, killing eight and injuring 11. The rampage ended when he smashed into a school bus, jumped out of his truck and ran down the highway waving a pellet gun and paintball guns and shouting “God is

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