Wannabe jihadist, 22, is jailed for 16 years for planning to build a pressure cooker bomb to ‘kill as many people as possible’ in New York on behalf of ISIS

Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

Gregory Lepsky, 22, was jailed for 16 years in a federal courtroom in Trenton, New Jersey on Friday
Lepsky took a plea deal in 2018 admitting to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization
He was arrested in 2017 for allegedly stabbing his family’s dog
Police who arrested him found a pressure cooker in his home and digital evidence of a plan to detonate a bomb on behalf of ISIS
Investigators say Lepsky was planning to blow up a populous part of New York City in order to kill ‘as many people as possible’
After his arrest, Lepsky was taken to hospital, where he was heard telling an employee he was ‘working for ISIS,’ and his name was Allah Abdel Rochmad

By CHAUNCEY ALCORN
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 March 2019

A wannabe jihadist who planned to build a pressure cooker bomb to kill ‘as many people as possible’ in New York City in support of ISIS was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison on Friday.

Gregory Lepsky, 22, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, said little during his hearing inside a Trenton federal courtroom, responding to U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp’s questions with only ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers, according to NJ.com.

Lepsky pleaded guilty on March 13, 2018 to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

His plea agreement had called for a sentence of 16 to 19 years. The judge also sentenced him to a lifetime of supervised release when he’s out.

He originally was arrested on February 21, 2017 for stabbing his family’s dog.

During that arrest, police who searched Lepsky’s home found a brand new pressure cooker behind a roll of bubble wrap in his bedroom closet.

Investigators later searched Lepsky’s computers where they found digital evidence of a plan to build and detonate a bomb.

‘Lepsky admitted that he used the internet to access ISIS directives, obtain bomb-making instructions, and purchase the pressure cooker and other items to be used in the attack,’ the Department of Justice said after Lesky’s 2018 plea deal.

After his arrest, Lepsky was taken to a local hospital, where police said they heard him tell an employee that he was ‘working for ISIS,’ and his name was Allah Abdel Rochmad.

Further searches of his computers and digital devices revealed Lepsky pledged allegiance to ISIS and discussed traveling to Syria to fight with his ‘brothers.’

Authorities said Lepsky told other individuals on social media that he planned to become a martyr by driving a ‘bunch of explosives’ to locations where the ‘enemies’ could be found where he would then blow himself up.

He had been researching ISIS and extremist groups throughout the month of January in 2017.

Another web search revealed Lepsky had researched the kinds of knives used in ISIS beheading videos before purchasing a knife of his own online.

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