A would-be ISIS terrorist who repeatedly stabbed an FBI agent at his Staten Island home was sentenced again Tuesday to 25 years in prison – after an appeals court ruled that his previous sentence of 17 years was too light.
Farheed Mumuni’s new verdict was handed down by Chief US District Judge Margo Brodie in Manhattan Federal Court, despite objections from prosecutors who wanted Mumuni to serve 85 years in prison.
The victim, Special Agent Kevin Coughlin, told the court he was still devastated by the 2015 attack. Coughlin was stabbed to death while searching Mumuni’s home with other agents.
“It’s an experience that has continued to impact me and my family,” Coughlin testified. “My wife still gets upset when she thinks about how close she came to being a widow and a single mother.”
The defendant – once suspected of stabbing a 9-year-old Staten Island boy during a terror “audit” – said he has been rehabilitated behind bars in an appeal to the court.
“Ever since then, I’ve been trying to change and get better every day,” said Mumuni, 27.
Mumuni’s attorney, Anthony Ricco, said his client behaved well in prison and uses his education to help other incarcerated men.
“The defendant was involved in a variety of academic programs while in prison,” Ricco said.
In 2018, Mumuni was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of terrorism for allegedly carrying out the attack on behalf of ISIS.
After his initial verdict, shared by Brodie, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York appealed the decision to a higher court, which sided with the prosecutor.
Coughlin approached Mumuni at that hearing before being sentenced to a slap in the face.
“I’ve never met you. I never wronged you, but you tried to kill me,” he said.
“This wasn’t a battlefield, this was the city of New York and you tried to kill me,” Coughlin added.
In a statement, 2nd Circuit Court Judge Jose A. Cabranes said the verdict was “shockingly low” and one that could harm the US justice system.
Brodie’s “clearly flawed assessment of the evidence leaves us with the definite and firm belief that a mistake has been made – a mistake which has resulted in a shockingly low judgment which, if upheld, would be detrimental to the administration of justice in our country.” it in the expert opinion states.
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