Man pleads guilty in pressure-cooker bomb plot case

Man pleads guilty in pressure-cooker bomb plot case

Authorities say Lepsky wanted to build a bomb from a pressure cooker, and detonate it in a populous part of New York City in order to kill as many people as possible.

The Point Pleasant man answered basic yes-or-no questions during Tuesday's appearance in federal court in Trenton.

Sentencing for one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization was scheduled for June 19.

While searching computers and digital evidence, officers found evidence of Lepsky's plan to build and detonate a bomb as part of his support for ISIS.

During several social media conversations, Lepsky told others that he meant 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, Donnelly said in court.

Lepsky will face between 16 and 19 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

Lepsky also admitted he used the internet to access directives from ISIS, obtain bomb-making instructions, and purchase the pressure cooker and other items to use in the attack.

Lepsky was arrested in February 2017 for allegedly stabbing the family dog.

In his home, investigators said they found the pressure cooker in a bedroom closet, along with the book "Martyrdom in Jihad versus Suicide Bombing".

According to post online, Lepsky pledged allegiance to ISIS and was planning to travel to Syria, so that he could fight with his 'brothers'.