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 was sentenced to 9 ½ years in prison.
Prosecutors say that during a cab ride, Enright asked the driver whether he 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 raging debate over plans for an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from ground zero.