NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a Halloween attack on a New York City bike path said he would plead guilty if the death penalty is not an option.
The attorneys told a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday that the government can end the case against Sayfullo Saipov by not seeking death.
Authorities said the Paterson, New Jersey, resident was inspired by the Islamic State group when he mowed people down in a rented truck. He has pleaded not guilty and remains held without bail.
Defense lawyers said the government should accept a guilty plea and a sentence of life in prison without parole to provide victims' families and the public with closure.
Prosecutors told the judge Tuesday that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will decide whether to seek death.