Prosecutor calls Fort Riley soldier 'Satanist,' says he sought to overthrow US government

FORT RILEY, Kan. (KWCH/WIBW) Thursday, September 26, 2019

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4:25 p.m.

A prosecutor says an Army soldier charged with distributing information about making explosives online is a Satanist who wanted to overthrow the U.S. government.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Mattivi said during a federal court hearing Thursday in Kansas that 24-year-old Jarrett William Smith had a specific plan to overthrow the government and told the FBI he was distributing information on explosives "for the glory of his Satanist religion."

But an attorney for Smith said he is only an internet "troll" who was "spouting off online" and sharing widely available information.

Smith pleaded not guilty to two federal charges of distributing explosives information and a third alleging he threatened to set fire to the home owned by a far-left-leaning "antifa" member. A federal magistrate ordered him detained until his trial.

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11:26 a.m.

The Fort Riley soldier accused of sharing bomb-making instructions on social media has now been indicted on more charges in federal court.

According to the Grand Jury Indictment, Army Specialist Jarrett William Smith is now charged with two counts of Distributing Explosives Information and one count of Threatening Interstate Communication.

He was originally arrested on a single count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.

The indictment shows that Smith was giving out bomb-making plans including six-step instructions for construction an explosive, and gave out plans to make improvised napalm.

The third count shows he also used a commutation device in Kansas to tell someone in Michigan about targeting someone’s home and threatened to set it on fire. The name of the possible victim was not listed but shows the initials D.H.

Previously released arresting affidavits showed Smith wanted to cause “chaos” by giving instructions on how to destroying a local news station and nearby cell towers as well as killing members of Antifa, and targeting a major news network.

Smith is set to be back in court today at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, September 23, 2019

A soldier stationed at Fort Riley was charged in federal court Monday morning with sending over social media instructions for making bombs.

Jarrett William Smith, 24, Fort Riley, Kan., was charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction, according to the U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Smith, a private first class infantry soldier, joined the Army June 12, 2017, and was transferred to Fort Riley, Kan., on July 8, 2019. According to an FBI investigator’s affidavit, Smith said on Facebook he was interested in traveling to Ukraine to fight with a paramilitary group called the Azov Batallion.

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During a Facebook chat, Smith offered to teach other Facebook users to make cell phone explosive devices “in the style of the Afghans.” On Aug. 19, 2019, Smith told an undercover investigator he was looking for “radicals” like himself. Smith talked about killing members of Antifa and destroying nearby cell towers or a local news station. On Aug. 21, Smith told an undercover investigator about how to make a vehicle bomb. When the investigator commented that most of the components were household items, Smith said: “Making AK47s out of expensive parts is cool, but imagine if you will if you were going to WalMart instead of a gun store to buy weapons.”

Smith also described in detail to the undercover investigator how to build a bomb that could be triggered by calling a cell phone.

“Be very careful with the fully armed device,” Smith warned the investigator.

Smith said the "Middle East style bomb that if big enough or connected to the right explosives" could "damage or destroy US military vehicles" and "obliterate civilian vehicles and people nearby."

Lt. Col. Terence M. Kelley, with the U.S. Army, released the following statement regarding the charges against Smith:

We are aware of the allegations against Spec. Jarrett Smith and can confirm he is an active duty Soldier assigned to Fort Riley. These allegations violate our Army Values so we take them very seriously. Our law enforcement team cooperated with the FBI on his arrest over the weekend.

Spec. Jarrett William Smith has been assigned to Fort Riley since June 2019. He previously served at Fort Bliss from November 2017 to June of 2019. He entered the Army from Conway, S.C. as an 11 B Infantryman and completed training at Fort Benning, Ga. He has not deployed with the U.S. Army. His service record lists him as a high school graduate but provides no further education information. No photo is currently available.

If convicted, Smith could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi is prosecuting.



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