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The Latest: Canadian sentenced to life in US airport attack

FILE - This undated file photo released by the FBI, shows Amor Ftouhi. Federal prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for the Tunisian native from Canada who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer in 2017. Ftouhi is returning to federal court on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (FBI via AP, File)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman.

Investigators say Ftouhi drove 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Michigan. While there, he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville.

Federal investigators say Ftouhi wanted to get Neville’s gun and shoot people at the airport.

Defense attorneys say Ftouhi wasn’t attempting to create mass casualties and wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and he could become a martyr.

But before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine gun that day to kill Neville and others.

Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia who moved to Canada in 2007.

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U.S. prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a Canadian man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer.

Amor Ftouhi (ah-MOOR’ fuh-TOO’-ee) is returning to federal court on Thursday. He drove 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Michigan, where he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville.

Federal investigators say Ftouhi wanted to get Neville’s gun and shoot people at the airport. But his lawyer says he wasn’t attempting to create mass casualties. Joan Morgan says Ftouhi wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and he could become a martyr.

Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia who moved to Canada in 2007.

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