Sayfullo Saipov, an ISIS-inspired terrorist, attacked eight people in 2017 by slamming a truck into them on a West Side Highway bike path. A federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty on Thursday of a number of terrorist and murder-related crimes, and he now faces the death penalty.

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Who is Sayfullo Saipov? 

Sayfullo Saipov is a 34-year-old Islamic extremist and an Uzbekistan native. According to reports, Saipov was a murderer without even a question even before the trial began. After being shot by police, Saipov requested that an Islamic State group flag be hung over his hospital bed.

Given that this was the deadliest terrorist attack on the city since 9/11, Saipov may now be sentenced to death. In the state, a death penalty was last carried out in 1963.

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What did Saipov do in 2017?

In 2017, Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, purposefully killed eight bystanders by driving a Home Depot rental truck along a bike path. The murderer lawfully entered the country from Uzbekistan in 2010, stayed in Florida and Ohio, and then rejoined his family in Paterson, New Jersey. He asserts that he committed the act to honor ISIS, while his defense contends that he has no direct relationship with the terrorist group. 

Darren Drake, a recent graduate of Rutgers University, five visitors from Argentina, as well as a 31-year-old Belgian woman were some of the victims. Twelve more people sustained injuries. Sayfullo Saipov’s truck later crashed with a bus, bringing the massacre to a halt.

Saipov told the jury in court that he spent a year arranging the massacre, and he decided on Halloween because more civilians were anticipated to be on the streets. Prosecutors claim that the defendant shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great,” after jumping out of the truck. According to his defense attorney, Saipov was expecting to die and become a martyr. The death penalty phase of Saipov’s trial is expected to commence on February 6.