Accused New York subway shooter now faces more federal charges



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Frank James, the man authorities say was behind the mass shooting inside a New York City subway that left dozens injured in April, now faces 10 counts of terrorist attack and other acts of violence against a mass transit system, according to a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Friday.

In May, James had pleaded not guilty to one count of the indictment and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

The updated total of 10 reflects the number of gunshot wounds, with the victims identified in the indictment by their initials. CNN has reached out to James’ court-appointed attorney for comment on the new charges.

James, 62, is accused of setting off smoke grenades and firing a gun 33 times on a busy N train traveling to the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood on April 12. The attack left 19 other people injured, authorities said.

“The superseding indictment does not change the evidence we intend to introduce at trial, which has been produced and will be presented to the defense in discovery,” reads a letter filed by prosecutors with the new court document.

If convicted, James would face up to life in prison on each of the 11 counts in the new superseding indictment, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

James has a long criminal record and had talked about violence and mass shootings in videos posted on YouTube, including a hanging days before the shooting.

The suspect was known to New York City authorities before the attack. He has nine prior arrests in the city dating from 1992 to 1998 for crimes including possession of burglary tools, a criminal sexual act and theft of service, said NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig

Prosecutors have said the suspected Brooklyn subway shooter’s DNA was obtained through an authorized search warrant.

When he was arraigned in May, James was asked about his education and said he was born in the Bronx and listed several schools he attended there.

“I have a GED,” James said in court. “I have certificates from several trade schools.”

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