ISIS New Year's Eve terror plotter sentenced to 20 years
An ex-convict who plotted a foiled New Year's Eve machete attack at a New York restaurant in the name of the ISIS group, Emanuel Lutchman, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Lutchman pleaded guilty before Chief US District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to providing material support to the terrorist organization.
“Emanuel Lutchman conspired with an ISIS member located overseas and planned to kill innocent civilians on US soil in the name of the terrorist organization,” the acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Mary B. McCord, said.
Central to the government’s prosecution of Lutchman was the allegation that he had contact with a member of ISIS in Syria and asked for advice on how to join the organization, the Buffalo News reports.
The FBI, in its original complaint, claimed the “overseas individual” identified himself as a member of ISIS. Agents also contend that the contact encouraged Lutchman to prove himself by killing Americans here.