In a ruling handed down on Thursday, Frank James was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars. The Brooklyn federal court found him guilty of the April 2022 subway shooting, which resulted in the deaths of ten individuals during rush hour. Each victim was given a life sentence, bringing the total to ten.
During the court hearing, James took full responsibility for the attack and expressed remorse for his actions. He acknowledged that the victims did not deserve to go through such trauma and pain. His words reflected a deep sense of guilt and accountability for the harm he caused.
On the morning of April 12, 2022, James caused chaos by opening fire on a Manhattan-bound N train in Brooklyn. This unfortunate incident resulted in 10 people being injured.
During the sentencing hearing held at Brooklyn federal court, prosecutors had requested a life sentence for the accused. The hearing commenced at noon, and during the proceedings, the injured passengers delivered their victim impact statements.
Breon Peace, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, expressed his satisfaction during a news conference that took place after the hearing. He stated, “Today marks a victory for justice.”
During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors disclosed fresh details regarding James’ whereabouts and actions during the short period when he managed to evade the authorities following the shooting incident.
Prosecutors have revealed that James, after the shooting incident, bought a burner phone to keep a tab on the media coverage of his attack while evading the authorities. As per reports, James viewed 31 news reports on his subway shooting through the purchased phone.
According to prosecutors, he spent time watching a James Bond chase scene from the movie “No Time to Die” repeatedly, after the attack. In fact, he watched it around 10 times.
On April 13, 2022, James took the responsible step of turning himself in by contacting the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers hotline, just one day after the tragic mass shooting occurred.
The defendant admitted guilt to all 11 charges listed in the superseding indictment. These included 10 counts of carrying out a terrorist attack or other acts of violence against a mass transportation vehicle, with each count representing a gunshot victim. Additionally, he pleaded guilty to one count of discharging a firearm to further his violent attack.
After the hearing on Thursday, James’ legal team informed the judge that they plan to appeal the verdict.
According to Peace, the life sentence handed down today was a fitting punishment for Frank James. James had committed a heinous act, a mass shooting that took place in a subway car. His intention was to harm innocent people, and he caused a great deal of harm, injuring 10 individuals and causing widespread terror. In Peace’s opinion, James deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of his calculated and callous actions.
Peace emphasized the crucial role of the New York City transportation system in the lives of its residents during the news conference following the hearing. Referring to it as the “daily life blood” of the city, she highlighted how New Yorkers rely on it for their daily transportation needs to ensure safety and convenience.
According to Peace, Frank James aimed to shatter the feeling of security and replace it with terror and disarray within the city’s core.
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