Miami man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS with bomb instructions
A Miami man who posted homemade bomb instructions online for people he believed to be supporters of an Islamic terror group faces up to 15 years in prison, US officials said Monday.
Samuel Baptiste, 29, pleaded guilty on Friday to trying to provide material support to terrorists, namely ISIS in the Middle East.
Baptiste entered into a plea deal with the US attorney’s office and avoided a potential sentence of up to 115 years if he had been convicted in a trial of six terrorism-related changes, including the broadcast of information on the manufacture of explosives.
According to court records, Baptiste attempted to provide material support to ISIS in late 2016 by posting information on the internet with links to information on explosive devices, including a bomb-making manual. Federal prosecutors say Baptiste published and distributed materials online titled “Instructions: How to Make a Homemade Homemade Bomb”, “Pipe Bombs”, “Improvised Explosive Devices” and “Improvised Munitions Black Book, Volume 1”.
The FBI case is being pursued by Deputy US Prosecutors Marc S. Anton and Michael Thakur.
This story was originally published 25 October 2021 5:55 pm.