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Lawyers: R.I. man charged in beheading plot to plead guilty

September 21, 2016 GMT

An Islamic State sympathizer charged with conspiring to behead conservative activist Pamela Geller plans to plead guilty, his lawyer and prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say Nicholas Rovinski, 25, of Warwick, R.I., plotted with two Massachusetts men to behead Geller, who staged a Prophet? Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in 2015.

An attack on the contest ended with two Muslim gunmen shot to death by police.

Rovinski’s lawyer, William Fick, confirmed his client plans to plead guilty tomorrow.

Prosecutors say Rovinski — even from jail — tried to recruit people for violent attacks, including the beheading of non-Muslims. But Fick said Rovinski now renounces violence and any allegiance to the Islamic State.

“Nicholas Rovinski is a vulnerable young man who fell deep into a rabbit hole of extremist ideology,” Fick said.

Prosecutors say Rovinski plotted with David Wright of Everett and Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim of Boston, to behead Geller. Rahim was killed in June 2015 when he lunged at ?police and federal agents with a knife in Mattapan.

Wright has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.