NJ man charged with attempting to aid ISIS to appear in court

A 20-year-old New Jersey man is set to appear in federal court on Friday, facing charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

Gregory Lepsky, of Point Pleasant, planned to construct and use a pressure cooker bomb in support of ISIS, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

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According to the complaint, Lepsky was arrested on February 21 at his family's Point Pleasant home in connection with an incident that occurred earlier that day. Officers searched the home and found a brand new pressure cooker hidden in his bedroom closet, as well as step-by-step instructions from another terror organization on how to create a bomb using a pressure cooker.

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After a thorough search of Lepsky's computer, authorities found evidence that the New Jersey native planned to build and detonate the bomb for ISIS. He also communicated to others that he was willing to become a martyr if necessary.

The charge of material support to a terrorist group carries a maximum of up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

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