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Point Pleasant Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for ISIS-Inspired Bomb Plot


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Point Pleasant NJ, A man from Point Pleasant (Ocean County) who planned to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb in New York City on behalf of ISIS received a 16-year sentence in federal prison on March 1. Gregory Lepsky, 22, whose arrest two years ago came after a family member notified law enforcement that he had a weapon and threatened to kill the family dog, pleaded guilty on March 13, 2018, to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

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Point Pleasant Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

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TRENTON NJ, A Point Pleasant, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for planning to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in New York on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers announced.

Gregory Lepsky, 22, pleaded guilty March 13, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp to an information charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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Rumson Man Who Stockpiled Weapons in Apartment Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

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Rumson NJ, A former Cornell University student from Rumson (Monmouth County) who stockpiled weapons in his Ithaca, New York, apartment received a sentence of two years in prison on February 19. Maximilien R. Reynolds, 21, pleaded guilty to federal charges of willfully causing false statements to be made to a licensed firearms dealer during the purchase of a firearm and possessing firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record. During a search of Reynolds’ apartment in March, authorities found a military-style rifle, ammunition, tactical gear, chemicals and components that can be used to make explosives, and other items. Reynolds resided in Ithaca while attending community college during an academic leave of absence from Cornell. A tip from a store employee regarding suspicious behavior from Reynolds and the purchase of large quantities of ammunition prompted police to initiate an investigation. Investigators noted that Reynolds’ girlfriend stated she was “somewhat concerned” about him. As part of his plea, Reynolds admitted he gave another student money in November 2017 to purchase the rifle, which he made illegal by cutting down the barrel. He also acknowledged that he had a bomb and firearms silencer, as well as a semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number. In addition to his prison term, Reynolds will be subject to three years of supervised release and is mandated to receive mental health services and drug treatment.

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Tsarnaev guilty on all charges in Boston Marathon bombing




BOSTON (AP) — Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on all charges, even more is at stake in the next phase of the federal trial: The same 12 people must decide whether the 21-year-old lives or dies.

Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday of 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of those charges are punishable by death.

The verdict was considered practically a foregone conclusion since Tsarnaev’s lawyer admitted he participated in the bombings.

The former college student was found responsible for the deaths of three people who died in the bombings as well as the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was gunned down days later as Tsarnaev and his now-dead brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee.

In addition to the people who were killed, more than 260 others were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded near the marathon’s finish line on April 15, 2013, turning the traditionally celebratory home stretch of the world-famous race into a scene of carnage.

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ISIS in New Jersey: How big a threat?



Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh

Is there an ISIS wannabe living near you?

On some level, the answer is immaterial to the Islamic State and other terror groups like them, terrorism experts say.

Fear is the coin of their realm. So regardless of the reality, the mere perception that there are many other Americans like former Neptune resident Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh lurking in the shadows helps further their cause.

“You know that expression, ‘There’s no such thing as bad publicity,’ ” said Robert J. Louden, director of the homeland security program at Georgian Court University, Lakewood. “Because even bad publicity brings your name to someone’s attention.” (Mullen/Asbury Park Press)

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Paris Attacks challenge ‘lone wolf’ terrorist theory



Paris Attacks challenge ‘lone wolf’ terrorist theory

By Michel Moutot 23 hours ago

Paris (AFP) – The attacks in Paris and the radical Islamist cell dismantled in Brussels have challenged the idea of the “lone wolf” terrorist who works alone, without the help of a jihadist organization, analysts say.

Every terrorist that has attempted or carried out attacks in the West in recent years — down to the Kouachi brothers who struck the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris this month — has had some level of ties to extremist groups engaged in global jihad, according to experts.

For Jean-Pierre Filiu, of Sciences Po university in Paris, the events in France and Belgium had shown “once again” that the idea of radicals acting in isolation was “an inane myth”.

“This largely fantastical figure is an intellectual creation that appeared in the United States as part of the Bush administration’s ‘global war on terror’ in 2001”, he argued.

Although they may have acted without direct instructions from above, the Kouachi brothers had training from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), its Yemen branch, and struck a top target on Al-Qaeda’s “most-wanted” list.