The man who stabbed a Muslim cabbie during the height of the “Ground Zero Mosque” hysteria has plead guilty to hate crime charges.
NEW YORK (AP) – A film student has pleaded guilty to hate-crime charges in what authorities called an anti-Muslim attack on a New York City cab driver in 2010.
Michael Enright entered the plea Tuesday in state court in Manhattan. He is expected to be sentenced to 9 ½ years in prison.
Prosecutors say that during a cab ride, Enright asked the driver if was Muslim. He then told him to “consider this a checkpoint” before cutting him with a folding knife.
A defense lawyer had claimed that Enright had an alcohol problem and a post-traumatic stress condition from a trip to Afghanistan.
His arrest came amid a debate over plans for an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from ground zero.
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