The raging maniac, who allegedly shot dead 10 people on a subway train last month, told a judge he was feeling “pretty good” just before pleading not guilty to terrorism charges during his arraignment in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday.
Frank James, 62, said little more than confirming he understood the charges, his rights and was “competent” enough to take the case forward.
The Bronx native is accused of spraying 33 bullets aboard an N train bound for Manhattan on April 12 after allegedly setting off a smoke bomb as the subway pulled into Sunset Park’s 33rd Street station.
Ten people were hit by bullets and another 19 injured.
James, who wore a khaki jail outfit and a blue surgical mask that hung down from his face, faces two charges in the crime – committing a terrorist attack on a mass transit system and firing a gun during a violent crime, court documents show.
If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.
As Judge William Kuntz read the indictment against James, he looked at the judge and at the table in front of him as if reading something.
When Kuntz mentioned that the government could demand confiscation of his property if convicted, his eyes widened and he raised an eyebrow.
At the end of the trial, he was returned to federal custody, where he is being held without bail.
Before the attack, James released a series of YouTube videos in which he gushed against Mayor Eric Adams, the psychiatric system and a variety of ethnic groups.
“Mr. Mayor, I am a victim of your mental health program,” James said in a lengthy video.
“I am… now full of hate, full of anger and full of bitterness.”
He also criticized the mayor for not doing more to address homelessness.
“Eric Adams, Eric Adams: What are you doing bro? What’s going on with this homeless situation?” he said, referring to the subway.
“Every car I went to was full of homeless people. It was so bad I couldn’t even stand. I had to switch from car to car.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/13/nyc-shooting-suspect-frank-james-pleads-not-guilty-to-terrorism/ Alleged NYC shooter Frank James has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges