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Student pleads guilty in NYC cabbie attack

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Michael Enright

Michael Enright

The man who stabbed a Muslim cabbie during the height of the “Ground Zero Mosque” hysteria has plead guilty to hate crime charges.

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press

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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