Crime

He posted ‘Instructions: How to Make a Homemade Pipe Bomb.’ Now he faces federal charges

Miami Herald File

Nearly two years after a Miami man allegedly posted and distributed documents online with titles including “Instructions: How to Make a Homemade Pipe Bomb,” a federal grand jury has issued an indictment.

Samuel Baptiste, 25, was charged this week with four counts of distributing information pertaining to explosives, one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, according to the Department of Justice.

If Baptiste, who is currently serving an 80-month prison sentence on federal firearms charges, is convicted, he could face 15 to 20 years in prison for each count. He could also be looking at fines of up to $250,000 for each count.

According to the Department of Justice, on Nov. 6, 2016, Baptiste posted a series of documents dealing with pipe bombs and improvised explosives “with the intent that the information be used for and in furtherance of an activity that constitutes a federal crime of violence.”

“Moreover, by posting these documents, Baptiste attempted to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS,” the Justice Department wrote in a news release.

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