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Convicted terrorist tells federal judge he wishes he had a machine gun

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The man convicted of a terrorist attack at Flint’s Bishop airport told a federal judge Thursday he regrets he didn’t have a machine gun.

Amor Ftouhi told the judge he regretted not killing the airport police officer he stabbed in June of 2017.

Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia and was living in Montreal at the time of the attack. 

U-S District Judge Matthew Leitman said Ftouhi's comments tied his hands - and sentenced him to consecutive life terms.

Outside the courthouse, Jeff Neville brushed aside Ftouhi’s statements in court. 

“If he didn’t kill me, He probably would want me to say I hated him.   That probably would make his day.   But you know what.  He ain’t getting that from me.  'Cause I don’t hate him.”

Jeff Neville retired from law enforcement after the attack that nearly ended his life.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A