Rumson Man Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges After Arsenal Found in Apartment
A former Cornell University student from Rumson (Monmouth County) could receive up to 10 years in prison after admitting he stockpiled weapons in his Ithaca, New York, apartment. Maximilien Reynolds, 21, pleaded guilty on November 14 to federal charges of willfully causing false statements to be made to a licensed firearms dealer during the purchase of a firearm and possessing firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record. Authorities searched Reynolds’ apartment in March based on a tip about suspicious activity. He was arrested after they found a military-style rifle, ammunition, tactical gear, chemicals and other components frequently used in homemade explosives, and other items. Reynolds admitted that in November 2017, he gave another student money to purchase the rifle, which he made illegal by cutting down the barrel. Reynolds acknowledged he had a bomb and firearms silencer, as well as a semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number. Reynolds could also be fined up to $250,000 and get three years of supervised release when he is sentenced on March 11.
Bronx Man Admits He Planned to Join ISIS in Syria
A Bronx, New York, man pleaded guilty in federal court on November 14 to attempting to provide and conspiring to provide material support or resources to ISIS. Adam Raishani, also known as Saddam Mohamed Raishani, planned to travel overseas to join the terrorist group in Syria. The 32-year-old met multiple times with an undercover law enforcement officer and an informant between January and June 2017, telling them that he helped an ISIS supporter join the group and intended on doing the same himself. Raishani expressed his desire to wage jihad and viewed violent videos from ISIS. Authorities arrested him on June 21, 2017, as he tried to board a flight to Turkey at John F. Kennedy International Airport. In a search of his home, the FBI found a letter from Raishani telling his wife she could still join ISIS with him and he regretted their views did not align. He told her not to provide documents to authorities and to say he was providing medical assistance as a volunteer outside of the country. Raishani will be sentenced on March 8, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Threat to Jewish Community Center
A Wisconsin man who mailed threatening letters to a Milwaukee-area Jewish center pleaded guilty to federal charges on November 13, according to the US Department of Justice. In three letters sent on separate dates in May to the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Chadwick Grubbs threatened to use firearms to cause “maximum damage” and use explosives to destroy the center. The letters also included numbers and symbols associated with white supremacist ideology. Grubbs, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of mailing threatening communications, which each carry a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and one count of threatening to injure and destroy property by fire and an explosive, which has a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for February 12.
Correction: Last week’s At a Glance incorrectly identified a school in Cranford where a teacher faces charges. It is the Orange Avenue School, not the Ocean Avenue School.