Frank James entered the plea in federal court docket in Brooklyn, the place U.S, District Decide William F. Kuntz started the continuing by asking James, “How are you doing today?”
“Pretty good,” James responded.
Requested about his academic background, James mentioned he attended public faculties in the Bronx earlier than incomes a GED. He mentioned he additionally attended some commerce faculties.
James, 62, is dealing with charges of committing a terrorist assault or other violence towards a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm throughout a violent crime. Each counts carry a most sentence of life in jail.
The defendant was arrested April 13, about 30 hours after authorities say he drove from Philadelphia and unleashed smoke bombs and dozens of bullets in a train filled with morning commuters because it approached a Brooklyn station. The shooting victims ranged in age from 16 to 60; all survived.
Authorities mentioned James’s financial institution card, cellphone and a key to a van he had rented have been discovered on the shooting scene. Police additionally mentioned they discovered the 9mm Glock semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting and traced it to James.
Protection legal professional Mia Eisner-Grynberg had cautioned at on the time of James’ arrest not to rush to judgment and famous that James alerted police to his whereabouts. He was arrested in Manhattan’s East Village after he referred to as a tip line saying he was at a quick meals restaurant in that part of town.
Eisner-Grynberg declined remark exterior court docket Friday.
A motive for the assault is unclear. In quite a few rants he posted on YouTube, James, who’s Black, made bigoted remarks about individuals of assorted backgrounds and railed towards New York Mayor Eric Adams and complained about psychological well being care he acquired in town years in the past.
James, who’s being held with out bail, is due again in court docket July 25.