Amor Ftouhi is sentenced to life in prison for terrorist attack at Michigan airport

Mail Online | 6/21/2017 | Keith Griffith For;Associated Press
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A Tunisian man with dual Canadian citizenship has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a Michigan airport cop in the neck in a terrorist attack.

Amor Ftouhi, 53, was sentenced in a federal court in Flint, Michigan on Thursday after being convicted last year on terrorism and other charges in the June 2017 attack.

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Prosecutors have said he told investigators his 'mission was to kill and be killed.'

His defense lawyer, Joan Morgan, said Ftouhi wasn't attempting to create mass casualties and wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and so he could become a martyr.

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Before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine gun that day to kill Neville and others.

Ftouhi said he wants to commit another act of terrorism, only do it "better" by successfully killing people.

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Ftouhi, who moved to Canada in 2007, was convicted in November. He was sentenced in a federal courtroom in Flint by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman.

The case was a slam dunk for federal prosecutors: Witnesses saw Amor Ftouhi attack Lt. Jeff Neville at the Flint, Michigan airport in June 2017 and wrestle him to the ground.

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On Tuesday, the jury convicted Ftouhi, 53, of three crimes after deliberating for just over an hour.

The father of three is a native of Tunisia who was living in Montreal at the time of the stabbing.

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'This isn't a mystery. He was caught right there. He has the knife in his hand,' Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathleen Corken told jurors.

Investigators said Ftouhi wanted to stab Neville, take his gun and start shooting people in the airport.

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He legally drove into the U.S. at Champlain, New York, and arrived in Flint five days...
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