A man from New Jersey who sympathized with international terrorist group ISIS and created a homemade pressure cooker bomb has been told he will be spending the next 16 years locked away in prison.
As the Washington Examiner reports, 22-year-old Gregory Lepsky will also have to be supervised for the rest of his life after the prison sentence is served as a part of the official ruling.
According to the report, Lepsky pleaded guilty last year after he was caught attempting to provide material support for the terrorist organization.
Fox News reported in 2017 that Lepsky was first converted to Islam and also goes by Allah Abdel Rochman. At this time, he reportedly “told people via social media that he intended to fight on behalf of ISIS, and intended to deliver ‘a bunch of explosives’ to where the ‘enemies’ could be found.”
From the Washington Examiner:
Lepsky was arrested in 2017 after stabbing the family dog, and authorities found the pressure cooker in his bedroom closet. He had obtained bomb-making instructions, the pressure cooker, and the other items for the attack via the Internet.
According to a release from the DOJ, Lepsky was in contact over social media with others who knew of his plan, telling them he wanted to fight for ISIS and was willing to become a martyr by driving a “bunch of explosives” to where the “enemies” could be found and blowing himself up.
Authorities also found a message from another terrorist sympathizer that said a Westerner who could not travel to Syria to fight for the extremist organization could conduct a terrorist attack at home using an improvised bomb.
And, from the Justice Department:
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Feb. 21, 2017, Lepsky was arrested by the Point Pleasant Police Department in connection with an incident that occurred that day in his family’s home. Following the arrest, law enforcement officers searched the residence and found a new pressure cooker stored behind a roll of bubble wrap in Lepsky’s bedroom closet.
During searches of computers and other digital evidence linked to Lepsky, law enforcement officers found evidence of Lepsky’s plan to build and detonate a bomb as part of his support for ISIS. During several social media communications, Lepsky told others that he intended to fight on behalf of ISIS and that he would, if necessary, become a martyr by driving a “bunch of explosives” to where the “enemies” could be found and blowing himself up.
Law enforcement officers also located a series of instructions that had been published online by another terrorist group that gave specific, step-by-step instructions on how to build a pressure cooker bomb, which coincided with the delivery of the pressure cooker to Lepsky a short time before his arrest. In addition, law enforcement officers recovered a message forwarded by Lepsky from another ISIS supporter stating that if a westerner could not travel to Syria to fight for ISIS, he could conduct a terrorist attack in his home country using improvised explosive devices.
Lepsky faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Fox News reported.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.