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A Brooklyn man who pledged allegiance to ISIS and uploaded instructional manuals online about how to carry out lone-wolf terror attacks in New York was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday.
The suspect, 42-year-old Zachary Clark, pleaded guilty last year to attempting to provide material support to ISIS — and admitted he posted manuals about how to carry out attacks to encrypted chat rooms designed to recruit new terrorists.
At the hearing in Manhattan federal court, Judge Naomi Buchwald highlighted that prior to his arrest, Clark said he was willing to die for the cause — and showed little remorse after he was collared.
Instead, Buchwald said, Clark showed “regret he was caught” and “regret he is facing a long stretch in jail.”
An attorney for Clark, Jonathan Marvinny, painted his client as a disillusioned man in the throes of crippling drug addiction when he pledged his allegiance to the murderous terror group.
Clark was “mainlining hard drugs, injecting them into his body,” Marvinny said, adding that he was using 20 bundles of heroin a day along with 3 grams of cocaine.
At the hearing, Clark, sporting tattoos on his face and knuckles, said he had been thinking clearly since getting off drugs in jail — and vowed to help de-radicalize young people when he is let out of prison.
“To sit here and say I’m sorry would be a great understatement,” Clark said, adding that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.
He will face a lifetime of supervised release by federal authorities after he serves his prison sentence.
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