Man Gets 20 Years for Plotting Machete Attack

Emanuel Lutchman. (New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision)

An Islamist ex-convict was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for plotting a Dec. 31 machete attack at a Rochester restaurant in the name of the Islamic State.

Emanuel Lutchman became agitated during the sentencing, shouting in federal court that “there’s going to be more of us.” Ironically, in a letter submitted just before the sentencing, the 26-year-old Rochester resident said he’d buried his “radical Islamic ideology” in the past.

Lutchman pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to provide support to a terrorist organization.

Officials say he initiated contact with a now-deceased member of the Islamic State in Syria in 2015. The FBI says it used paid informants to uncover the restaurant plot and take Lutchman to a store to purchase supplies.

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