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Man Gets 20 Years For Plotting New Year's Machete Attack

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An ex-convict with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting a New Year's Eve machete attack at a western New York restaurant in the name of the Islamic State group.

Emanuel Lutchman became agitated at Thursday's sentencing, shouting in federal court that "there's going to be more of us."

In a letter submitted before 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 group 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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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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