TRENTON, N.J. – A Point Pleasant, New Jersey, man currently certified that he designed to erect and use a vigour cooker explosve in New York on interest of the Islamic State.
Gregory Lepsky, 20, pleaded guilty in Trenton sovereign justice to an information charging him with one count of attempting to yield element support to a designated unfamiliar militant organization, privately ISIS.
According to papers filed in this case and statements done in court:
On Feb. 21, 2017, Lepsky was arrested by the Point Pleasant Police Department in tie with an occurrence that occurred that day in his family’s home. Following the arrest, law coercion officers searched the chateau and found a new vigour cooker stored behind a hurl of burble hang in Lepsky’s bedroom closet.
During searches of computers and other digital justification related to Lepsky, law coercion officers found justification of Lepsky’s devise to build and erupt a explosve as partial of his support for ISIS. During several social media communications, Lepsky told others that he dictated to fight on interest of ISIS and that he would, if necessary, turn a sufferer by pushing a “bunch of explosives” to where the “enemies” could be found and blowing himself up.
Law coercion officers also located a series of instructions that had been published online by another militant organisation that gave specific, step-by-step instructions on how to build a vigour cooker bomb, which coincided with the delivery of the vigour cooker to Lepsky a brief time before his arrest. In addition, law coercion officers recovered a summary forwarded by Lepsky from another ISIS believer stating that if a westerner could not transport to Syria to fight for ISIS, he could control a militant attack in his home country using makeshift explosve devices.
During today’s defence hearing, Lepsky certified that commencement in Jan 2017, he began to delineate a devise to erupt the vigour cooker explosve in New York City on interest of ISIS. Lepsky certified that he used the internet to entrance ISIS directives, obtain bomb-making instructions, and squeeze the vigour cooker and other equipment to be used in the attack.
Under the terms of the defence agreement, if supposed by the Court, Lepsky will be given a judgment between 16 and 19 years in jail and a lifetime term of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for Jun 19, 2018.