Lutchman sentenced to 20 years for planning ISIS-inspired attack in 2015
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Emanuel Lutchman, the man who pleaded guilty to planning an ISIS-inspired attack in Rochester back in 2015, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Thursday morning.
Lutchman, 26, pleaded guilty back in August to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
Authorities say he planned to bomb, stab and kidnap patrons at the Merchants Grill on New Year's Eve in 2015.
According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Lutchman told confidential sources working with the FBI, "I will take a life. I don't have a problem with that."
Several past arrests have indicated Lutchman has mental health concerns. These indications are backed up by interviews with Lutchman's family members, who said it started when he was 12 years old and was involved in a serious car crash in Syracuse.
Court paperwork filed this week show Lutchman sent a letter to the federal judge in charge of his sentencing, along with several others who are supporting Lutchman.
Lutchman faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, along with a $250,000 fine and a lifetime term of supervised release.
Lutchman is not the first person in Rochester to be arrested in connection with a plot to kill U.S. citizens in the name of ISIS. In March 2016, Mufid Elfgeeh was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
Elfgeeh operated a convenience store and pizza shop in Rochester at the time of his arrest in 2014.