Manhattan federal prosecutors have supercharged their efforts to ultimately put alleged West Side terrorist Sayfullo Saipov to death with an indictment handed up Tuesday that charges him with an additional 20 counts, including murder and attempted murder.
The indictment includes charges that Saipov provided material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and it includes numerous offenses that can carry the death penalty upon conviction.
The Justice Department said Saipov rented a flatbed truck in New Jersey and drove it across the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan on Halloween to carry out the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since 9/11 by driving into crowded bike lanes and mowing down several bikers and pedestrians.
Each of the murder charges, along with the motor vehicle charge, carries a possible death sentence, though the Justice Department must still take other steps to pursue that penalty.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was indicted in federal court in New York City on Tuesday.
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Sayfullo Saipov from a booking photo during a Missouri arrest.
Saipov's defense attorneys are likely to seize on the president's statement to argue it has unfairly colored the proceedings as they try to prevent his possible execution.
In a tweet after the attack, Trump noted that Saipov had asked to hang the Islamic State flag in his hospital room. First, the USA attorney must make a formal recommendation that they would like to seek the death penalty in the case, then that recommendation would have to be approved by the attorney general. The mother of the man accused of killing eight people in a terror attack in NY has said she believes her son is innocent.
The October 31 attack was the worst in the United States financial capital since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings that brought down the Twin Towers.
Instead, the attack stopped when Saipov hit a school bus, exited the truck waving two toy guns and was shot by police.