Lutchman files motion to rescind plea agreement

Emanuel Lutchman, the man who pleaded guilty to planning an ISIS-inspired attack in Rochester back in 2015, filed a motion to rescind his plea agreement. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Rochester man who is serving a federal prison sentence for a 2015 planned ISIS attack on New Year's Eve in Rochester filed a motion to rescind his plea agreement.

Emanuel Lutchman claimed he planned to carry out the attack to bomb, stab and kidnap patrons at the Merchants Grill in the name of ISIL.

In August 2016, Lutchman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide support to terrorist organizations.

In court papers filed last month, Lutchman said he agreed to the plea, "upon the advice of a Jewish counsel" adding that "the Jewish people are a race of people who are known to traditionally have a 'blood feud' with Muslim people."

The federal motion goes on to claim Lutchman suffered from "an untreated and known series of psychological conditions" and was thus "easily coerced and taken advantage of by counsel [and] the prosecution."

In January 2017, Lutchman was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. During the hearing,he swore allegiance to ISIL.

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