'Satanist' Kansas soldier pleads guilty to bomb plot charges

February 11, 2020 - 5:19 am
'Satanist' Kansas soldier pleads guilty to bomb plot charges

A 24-year-old an Army infantry soldier has pleaded guilty to distributing information through social media about building a bomb and making napalm. Federal prosecutors have described Jarrett William Smith as a Satanist who hoped to overthrow the U.S. government. 

Smith was a private first class stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and admitted during a court hearing Monday to providing information about explosives in September to an FBI undercover agent. He signed a formal plea agreement with prosecutors in court and his sentencing is set for May 18. 

In his plea agreement, Smith admitted that he had “disseminated guidance to others” through social media about how to build improvised explosive devices and that he spoke to others about his desire to travel to Ukraine to fight with “a violent, far-right paramilitary group.”

Smith also had faced a third felony charge of threatening to burn down the house of a far-left-leaning “antifa” member in Michigan, but that charge is to be dismissed under the plea agreement. The two other charges dealt with Smith’s actions while stationed at Fort Riley starting in July 2019.

Smith initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges in September but notified U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree last month that he would change his plea. The two charges to which he pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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