NJ Man Admits ISIS Support and Pressure Cooker Bomb Plan

Gregory Lepsky

Gregory Lepsky

A Jersey Shore man charged a year ago with attempting to aid the terrorist group ISIS pleaded guilty to the crime in federal court in Trenton Tuesday morning.

Gregory Lepsky, 21, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

A plea deal with prosecutors calls for him to spend 16 to 19 years in prison.

He could have faced up to 20 years, however.

An Ocean County man admitted on Tuesday that he planned to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in NY on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to USA attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistnat Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. In his plea before U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton, Lepsky admitted that he began formulating his plan last January to detonate the pressure cooker bomb in NY.

Lepsky also bragged on social media he meant to fight for ISIS and wouldn't mind being a martyr.

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.

Investigators also found several books on jihad and suicide bombings in Lepsky's home.

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

In several online posts, Lepsky pledged allegiance to ISIS and discussed traveling to Syria to fight with his "brothers", authorities said past year.