Lecron admitted to concocting the plot along with her boyfriend, Vincent Armstrong, who pleaded guilty to terror charges earlier this month. Prosecutors said Lecron planned on wearing a shirt that read, False Profit and Armstrong would wear a Society failed us shirt while using guns and explosives during the attack. FBI agents also found guns, ammunition, and components for pipe bombs at Lecrons South Toledo home. Armstrong faces up to 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Ohio Woman Pleads Guilty to Terror Charges in Plot to Attack Toledo Bar
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Toledo woman arrested with her boyfriend in December after the FBI uncovered plots to attack a downtown bar and blow up a pipeline pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges.
Elizabeth Lecron, 24, admitted to federal charges of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists and transporting explosives in interstate commerce. She reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorneys Office to serve a 15-year prison sentence and a lifetime of federal supervision.
The FBI arrested Lecron and Vincent Armstrong in December for a plot they started forming in April to attack an unnamed Toledo bar, according to court records. Lecron was also involved in a plot to blow up a pipeline in Georgia, which she called a cancer, the FBI said.
Armstrong, 23, pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this month. He faces at least five years in federal prison.
The couple was interested in mass murderers, and federal prosecutors cited diary entries and posts on the social media website Tumblr as evidence of the interest. Lecron even corresponded with Dylann Roof, a South Carolina man who killed nine worshippers at a church in 2015, authorities said.
Agents said the plot against the bar was halted after someone found Lecrons diary and confronted her and Armstrong.
Lecrons plea agreement says she and Armstrong met in February 2018, started dating a few months later and moved in together. Lecron soon shared her interest in mass murders and introduced him to the “True Crime Community, which operated across several social media sites and glorified mass murderers, the agreement states.
Lecron used the Tumblr profile names ligaturemarkings and charlestonchurchmiracle, while Armstrong used societysheretic.” Lecron posted online about Roof, as well two shooters who opened fire at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. She called them GODLIKE, according to the plea.
Their interest spread far beyond social media, as the couple visited Columbine in August 2018, the plea agreement states. Lecron detailed the trip on her Tumblr profile and wrote that their next trip would be to Charleston to visit the church Roof attacked.
The pair referred to their planned attack as D-day. The idea was to use guns and explosives, authorities said.
The couple discussed several possible targets for an attack before settling on a downtown Toledo bar, including at a local mall during an annual costume party. They agreed to tell others that they were merely role playing if they got caught, according to the agreement.
Lecron also wrote in a diary about the planned attack, including a June 5, 2018 entry that said D-day will be my salvation.
During a search of the couples house and vehicles in December, when Lecron and Armstrong were arrested, agents found guns, ammunition, a gas mask and instructions on how to build bombs, according to court records.
Separate from the plot with her boyfriend, Lecron began talking in August 2018 with someone online who was actually an FBI source. That person acted as a member of the True Crime Community and they met in person several times in Toledo, the plea agreement states.
Lecron expressed her interest in conducting a violent attack. The source introduced Lecron to two other “like-minded people in September 2018, though they were undercover FBI agents posing as extremists, the plea says.
The quartet discussed carrying out a bombing. Lecron talked about wanting to commit an attack. She said she once had an idea to disrupt a slaughter house” and wanted to do something similar, according to the plea.
When asked if she had concern that people would die, Lecron said, take them out. I dont really feel any type of way for that … Im here to send a message and get the job done,” the agreement says
The FBIs source called Lecron on Dec. 4 to ask for help in a plan to bomb a pipeline in Georgia. The source asked Lecron to buy a few pounds of black powder and Lecron replied, absolutely, according to the plea.
She bought two pounds of Hodgdon Triple Seven Muzzleloading Propellant from a store in Rossford on Dec. 8. She then bought 665 screws from another nearby store, the plea says.
After she gave the items to the source, Lecron said so, I guess Ill talk to you when the deed is done? … Im very excited … stick it to him man … be safe, according to the agreement.
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