The US Army Soldier making headlines across the country for allegedly offering bomb making instructions to people so that they could target politicians is from Conway, South Carolina. He attended Socastee High School, and then transferred and graduated from Carolina Forest High School. His basic training was at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Spc. Jarrett William Smith, 24, was arrested Saturday and charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction. He was serving at the time of his arrest as an infantryman with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Smith admitted during the arrest that he knows how to make improvised explosive devices, and that in online chat rooms he routinely provides instructions on building explosive devices, according to Department of Justice documents.
Apparantly Smith knew how to create IED (improvised explosive devices) and was willing to teach people how to make them, in order to "cause chaos."
For more details of his charges, read the article in the Army Times: “Infantryman arrested for allegedly offering bomb-making instructions to target politicians, wanted to fight in Ukraine with far-right unit.”
Smith is facing 20 years in federal prison, and a possible fine of up to $250,000.
Also, in a strange twist, our news partners WPDE is reporting that ten years ago, Smith was on the hit-list of a student who brought a gun and other weapons to Socastee High school. Details here: "Soldier suspected of bomb plot once on classmate's 'hit list' in high school"