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Suspect in Brooklyn subway shooting set to plead guilty to terrorism charges

Frank James is charged in the April 12 gunfire and smoke bomb attack that wounded or injured 23 people.
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The man accused of one of the most violent rampages on New York City's public transportation system in years is expected to plead guilty to terrorism charges in the Brooklyn subway shooting, authorities said.

Frank James' lawyer filed paperwork Wednesday indicating he would enter a guilty plea in the April 12 attack, and a hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 3.

Ten people were shot and 13 others were injured in the gunfire and smoke bomb attack on a Brooklyn subway, which shook the city and set off a 30-hour manhunt before James was arrested in Manhattan.

The gunman donned a gas mask and set off two smoke canisters before gunfire erupted about 8:30 a.m. aboard a Manhattan-bound train, police said.

Police have said James, then 62, rented a U-Haul van, the keys to which were found at the scene in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.

Authorities said James appeared to have posted videos on social media expressing bigoted views, violence and criticism of New York Mayor Eric Adams’ policies addressing public safety and homeless outreach on subways.

Federal prosecutors said in April that James had premeditated intentions and access to a stockpile of weapons.

“The defendant committed a premeditated mass shooting on the New York City subway system and then fled the scene, with a stockpile of ammunition and other dangerous items stowed in his storage unit,” the federal prosecutors wrote.

A federal grand jury in May indicted James on charges of committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Both counts carry maximum sentences of life in prison. The weapons count has a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.

James pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court the same month.