New York subway shooter pleads guilty to terrorism charges

Defendant Frank James faces up to life in prison for each of the 11 counts.

Published: January 3, 2023 8:45am

Updated: January 3, 2023 7:54pm

The 2022 New York subway shooter on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges.

The defendant, Frank James, pleaded guilty after initially pleading not guilty last May, the month after he opened fire on a crowded New York City subway train going through Brooklyn, according to CNN.

The 62-year-old James in the attack wounded 10 people and on Tuesday admitting that his intention was to "cause serious bodily injury to the people on the train."

However, he also said he did not intend to "cause death."

James admitted to 10 counts – one for each gunshot victim – of committing a terrorist attack and other violence against a mass transportation system and vehicle carrying passengers and employees, CNN also reports. He also pleaded guilty to one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Prosecutors said James donned a gas mask, set off a smoke device and fired a handgun at least 33 times on the crowded train.

James is expected to be sentenced at a later date. He faces up to life in prison for each of the 11 counts.

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