A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to planning to build a pressure cooker bomb to detonate in New York City in the name of ISIS.
Gregory Lepsky, 21, admitted attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and now faces up to 20 years in prison,
The Point Pleasant man answered basic yes-or-no questions during Tuesday’s appearance in federal court in Trenton.
His plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of 16 to 19 years. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19.
He could have faced up to 20 years, however.
The man had been researching ISIS and other extremest groups throughout January 2017, on his computer.
While online, he also looked up different knives used in ISIS beheadings and purchased one for himself.
Lepsky was arrested in February 2017 for allegedly stabbing the family dog.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he told personnel and attending officers that his name was Allah Abdel Rochmad and that he was ‘working for ISIS,’ NJ.com reports.
A search turned up a pressure cooker and digital evidence of a plan to build and detonate a bomb in support of the Islamic State group.
Matches and a timing device, ordered online, were found at the home, along with several books on jihad and suicide bombings.
Searches also reveal that he planned to detonate the bomb in New York City so that he could kill as many people as possible.
According to post online, Lepsky pledged allegiance to ISIS and was planning to travel to Syria, so that he could fight with his ‘brothers.’
According to one source, Lepsky is “the son of a Chechen immigrant.”