Sayfullo Saipov, who killed eight people on a bike path in New York City six years ago, is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail without parole.
NY bike path attacker likely to be spared death penalty
The man convicted of killing eight people in an attack on a Manhattan bike path in 2017 appears on track to be spared the death penalty after a jury told the judge overseeing the case it has been unable to reach a unanimous decision.
A unanimous decision is required to impose the death penalty, while a deadlock means Sayfullo Saipov will be sentenced to life in prison without parole. He would spend the sentence at Colorado’s Supermax facility, the most secure US federal prison.
After reading a note from Saipov’s jury aloud in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, US District Judge Vernon Broderick declined a request from prosecutors to poll individual jurors about whether more deliberations would be helpful.
Saipov, a 35-year-old Uzbek national, was convicted in January by a federal jury of committing murder with a goal of joining Islamic State, or ISIS, a group the United States has designated a terrorist organisation.