News Chelsea bomber doesn't deserve multiple life sentences, his lawyer says Rahimi should also be able to further his education and see his family, said his lawyer, Xavier Donaldson. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, found guilty in October of planting two bombs in Chelsea in September 2016, does not deserve multiple life sentences, his lawyer says. Photo Credit: Union County Prosecutor’s Office; Getty Images / Stephanie Keith By Reuters February 3, 2018 9:38 AM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email The New Jersey man convicted of planting bombs in Chelsea does not deserve multiple life sentences and should be able to further his education and see his family while spending the rest of his life in prison, his lawyer argued on Friday. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 30, faces sentencing on Feb. 13 in federal court in Manhattan over the attack, including a bomb that injured 30 people when it exploded on Sept. 17, 2016. Jurors convicted Rahimi in October on all eight counts he faced, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who will impose punishment, Rahimi's lawyer Xavier Donaldson said his client deserves no more than life plus 45 years in prison, all but 15 years of which are required by law. Donaldson said Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, has completed classes in business, entrepreneurship and drama since his arrest. He said Rahimi should be allowed to "avail himself of any educational opportunities" he qualifies for while in prison, and said the father of three should be housed as close to Virginia as possible so family can visit. Donaldson urged Berman not to "unnecessarily stack" extra life sentences on Rahimi for three of the eight counts. "The obvious severity of a life sentence plus 30 years is crystal clear: said sentence is intended to ensure that Mr. Rahimi is never released," he wrote. On Jan. 16, federal prosecutors also urged a life sentence for Rahimi. They said Rahimi has "failed to show remorse" and has tried to radicalize fellow inmates with Islamic State and al Qaeda propaganda. By Reuters Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.