Chanukah Machete Attack Suspect Pleads Not Guilty


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The man who stabbed five Orthodox Jews with a machete at a Chanukah celebration has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crimes charges.

Grafton Thomas, who was arrested covered in blood shortly after the attack in Monsey, New York, faces 10 federal charges, each of which could carry a life sentence.

According to The Algemeiner, Thomas spoke little at the arraignment where he registered his plea, confirming his name and admitting he had taken Prozac.

After his arrest, Thomas was found to be in possession of antisemitic literature and other materials. His family has claimed his attack was a result of mental illness and not a racist ideology.

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