An ex-convict who plotted a foiled New Year’s Eve machete attack at an upstate New York restaurant in the name of the Islamic State group was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison, provoking a courtroom outburst in which he shouted “there’s going to be more of us.”
Emanuel Lutchman, 26, wrote before the sentencing that he had moved on from a “radical Islamic ideology,” but after drawing a sentence twice as long as his lawyer had sought, became agitated.
“You think because I’m going to be incarcerated there aren’t going to be more of us that rise up?” he said while shouting and swearing at U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci.
In response, Geraci increased Lutchman’s supervised release after serving his time from 30 years to 50 years.
Lutchman pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
At the direction of a now-deceased recruiter for the Islamic State group in Syria, Lutchman planned a knife and machete attack inside Merchants Grill in Rochester on Dec. 31, 2015, according to the plea agreement. The attack never happened.
In a pre-sentencing letter to the court, Lutchman called the plot “twisted” and said his history of mental illness and “abandonment issues” led him toward terrorism. Lutchman was a former gang member who converted to Islam while in prison for a 2006 robbery conviction and was influenced by other inmates’ religious extremism, his lawyer said in court documents.