Massachusetts

Man pleads guilty in plot for IS group to behead blogger

File - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Nicholas Rovinski, second from right, of Warwick, R.I., is depicted standing with his attorney William Fick, right, as Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell, left, presides during a hearing in federal court in Boston. In a change-of-plea hearing Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, Rovinski pled guilty to multiple federal charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Prosecutors say he conspired with Massachusetts men to kill conservative blogger Pamela Geller. The plot was not carried out. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)

File - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Nicholas Rovinski, second from right, of Warwick, R.I., is depicted standing with his attorney William Fick, right, as Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell, left, presides during a hearing in federal court in Boston. In a change-of-plea hearing Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, Rovinski pled guilty to multiple federal charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Prosecutors say he conspired with Massachusetts men to kill conservative blogger Pamela Geller. The plot was not carried out. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Rhode Island man charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, including a plot to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller.

Nicholas Rovinski pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston to two federal charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

Prosecutors say Rovinski, of Warwick, plotted with two Massachusetts men to kill Geller. The plot was never carried out.

Rovinski's lawyer says his client renounces allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Prosecutors alleged the 25-year-old, while in jail, tried to recruit people to carry out violent attacks in the United States.

A plea agreement Rovinski reached with prosecutors called for a sentence of between 15 and 22 years in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 23.