Ma­chete plot ap­peal nixed

Man sen­tenced to 20 years

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NEW YORK — The court­room out­burst of a sup­porter of a ter­ror­ist group is ev­i­dence that he de­serves his 20-year prison term for plot­ting a New Year’s Eve ma­chete at­tack in up­state New York, an ap­peals court con­cluded as it re­jected his claims Thurs­day that the sen­tence is un­fair.

Emanuel Lutch­man, 28, ap­pealed the sen­tence he re­ceived last year upon plead­ing guilty to con­spir­ing to pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port to a for­eign ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Is­lamic State group.

He main­tained through his lawyer that the length of his pun­ish­ment was un­fair be­cause the plot re­lied on as­sis­tance and par­tic­i­pa­tion of gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tives and be­cause of his men­tal ill­ness. Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties and in­for­mants thwarted Lutch­man’s planned De­cem­ber 2015 knife and ma­chete at­tack at the Mer­chants Grill in Rochester.

The 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals, in a de­ci­sion writ­ten by Judge Den­nis Ja­cobs, con­cluded that Lutch­man’s sen­tence, the max­i­mum al­low­able, was rea­son­able.

The three-judge ap­peals panel cited Lutch­man’s be­hav­iour at his sen­tenc­ing, say­ing it val­i­dated U.S. Dis­trict Judge Frank Geraci’s de­ci­sion to give him two decades in prison, de­spite Lutch­man’s claims be­fore sen­tenc­ing that he had moved on from a rad­i­cal Is­lamic ide­ol­ogy.

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