Feb 10, 2020 9:55 PM

Soldier at Fort Riley admits distributing instructions for bombs

Posted Feb 10, 2020 9:55 PM
Jarrett William Smith from a 2011 interview&nbsp;<a href="https://wpde.com/news/abc15-investigates/soldier-suspected-of-bomb-plot-once-on-classmates-hit-list-in-high-school">courtesy WPDE TV</a>
Jarrett William Smith from a 2011 interview courtesy WPDE TV

TOPEKA, KAN. -  Jarrett William Smith, 24, Ft. Riley, Kan., pleaded guilty today to unlawfully distributing instructions for making explosive devices over social media while he was a member of the U.S. Army, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing information related to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. Smith joined the Army June 12, 2017. He served as an infantry soldier and was trained in combat and tactical operations. He was transferred to Fort Riley in Kansas July 8, 2019.

The FBI received information that Smith gave out guidance to others on how to construct improvised explosive devices. He spoke to others on social media about wanting to travel to Ukraine to fight with a violent, far-right military group.

On September 20, 2019, from Fort Riley Smith sent a person working undercover for the FBI specific instructions for making an explosive device. He also provided a recipe for creating improvised napalm.

Sentencing is set for May 18. Smith could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. 

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RCPD investigating arson in a field in Leonardville

RILEY COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating alleged arson in Riley County.

Just after 4:30p.m., Saturday, police filed a report for arson near the intersection of Union Road and Fairview Church Road in Leonardville, according to the Riley County Police Department activity report.

A 68-year-old man reported an unknown suspect lit a fire in a crop field.

Police ask that anyone with information please contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service can allow you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.