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Accused NY subway shooter expected to plead not guilty on terrorism, weapons charges -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO Frank James is seen as he appeared during his New York City court hearing on April 14th, 2022. This courtroom sketch shows him. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

By Luc Cohen

NEW YORK, Reuters – The New York man accused of last month’s attack on a subway in New York City, which was one of the worst attacks in New York’s history, will plead not guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Frank James, aged 62, will appear in court on Wednesday, April 12, to face the charges of the April 12 gunfire/smoke bomb attack, which left 23 victims injured. Mia Eisner-Grynberg of the Federal Defenders of New York was not available for comment.

According to police, 10 persons were killed in the shooting. It happened as an N train heading for Manhattan was approaching the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighbourhood during the morning commute. Treisteen other people were also injured as they tried to run from the train. Nobody was hurt.

James’ arrest was made after a manhunt began around the clock. Eisner–Grynberg claimed that James saw the photograph and then called New York Police Department’s tipline in order to hand himself in.

It was not clear what the motive of this attack was. According to police, James is a Bronx resident with recently moved to Milwaukee and Philadelphia. He uploaded videos of himself on YouTube before the attack, in which he addresses Eric Adams, New York City’s Mayor, and complains about homeless people riding on the subway.

Following a string crime spree in America’s most populous metropolitan transit system, the attack saw commuters being forced onto subway tracks at stations platforms.

James faces life imprisonment if convicted of terrorist attacks on mass transit systems and firing a weapon during a crime.