Islamist Caught Plotting to Behead People with Chainsaw in New York
ISIS jihadist sentenced to 22 years in prison for horrific terror attack plan
An ISIS Islamist has been jailed after he was caught plotting to behead people with a chainsaw in New York.
Sajmir Alimehmeti was sentenced to 22 years in prison in New York on Friday for planning the brutal terrorist attack.
The wannabe ISIS executioner called himself “The Dentist” while stockpiling military weapons, tactical knives, and a pocket chainsaw in his Bronx home.
“You are a ticking time bomb,” Manhattan federal Judge Paul Engelmayer told Alimehmeti before sentencing.
Judge Paul Engelmayer jailed the Islamic State terrorist on charges of providing material support to ISIS and passport fraud.
The now-26-year-old defendant was stockpiling a chilling cache of weapons in his apartment after he was stopped twice at UK airports in 2014 while en route to Syria.
Alimehmeti's weapon stash included a military-grade survival knife with a five-inch blade, three tactical knives with four-inch blades, two credit-card-sized folding knives, a commando wire pocket saw, a 24-inch pocket chainsaw, a rucksack designed for tactical combat, a tactical ski mask and handcuffs.
Judge Englemayer said it was impossible to conceive of a "benign reason" for Alimehmeti to "stockpile weapons that would be used to restrain, gut, or decapitate a human body," according to the New York Post.
Alimehmeti reportedly used coded language when referring to places he wanted to travel to "brush his teeth."
Prosecutors also said that he claimed he watched ISIS beheading videos to keep himself motivated while exercising.
He allegedly initially tried to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS twice in 2014 but was stopped by British authorities both times.
He is accused of being stopped at Manchester Airport in October 2014 when security found nunchucks and camouflage clothing in his luggage.
And he is accused of trying to get to the Middle East again in December that year but was stopped by security at Heathrow Airport in London when they found images of ISIS fighters and improvised explosive devices on his cellphone.
UK authorities then informed the FBI who began an investigation into Alimehmeti.
Defense attorney Susan Kellman said Alimehmeti had struggled to fit in after moving to the US aged six from Albania.
She claimed he was radicalized as a teenager during a stint for robbery in the Fishkill Correctional Facility by Mohamed Mamdouh, one of the masterminds behind a foiled plot to blow up a Manhattan synagogue in 2011.
In addition to 22 years in prison, Alimehmeti also was sentenced to five years of supervised release.