NJ Man Hired Online to Firebomb, Shoot at Homes Gets 13 Years in Prison – Krebs on Security

Created on November 12, 2023 at 11:17 am

A 22-year-old DATE

New Jersey GPE man has been sentenced to more than 13 years DATE in prison for participating in a firebombing and a shooting at homes in Pennsylvania GPE

last year DATE . Patrick McGovern-Allen PERSON was the subject of a Sept. 4, 2022 DATE story here about the emergence of “violence-as-a-service” offerings, where random people from the Internet hire themselves out to perform a variety of local, physical attacks, including firebombing a home, “bricking” windows, slashing tires, or performing a drive-by shooting at someone’s residence.

McGovern-Allen PERSON , of Egg Harbor Township LOC , N.J. GPE , was arrested Aug. 12, 2022 DATE on an FBI ORG warrant, which showed he was part of a group of cybercriminals who are settling scores with one CARDINAL another by hiring people to carry out violent attacks on their rivals.

That Sept. 2022 DATE story about his arrest included links to two CARDINAL videos released on Telegram ORG that were recorded and shared by McGovern-Allen ORG and/or a co-conspirator as “proof” that they had carried out the attacks as hired.

The first ORDINAL showed two CARDINAL young men tossing a Molotov Cocktail at the side of a residence in Abington Township GPE , Pa, setting it ablaze. The second ORDINAL featured two CARDINAL men with handguns unloading multiple rounds haphazardly into the first ORDINAL story of a house in West Chester GPE , Pa. GPE Fortunately in both cases, the occupants of the homes were unharmed in the attacks.

Federal prosecutors said McGovern-Allen PERSON went by the alias “Tongue” on Discord ORG , and that in one CARDINAL chat he was quite explicit about his violence-as-a-service offering.

“In the chats, [Tongue] tells other Discord ORG users that he was the person who shot K.M. PERSON ’s house and that he was willing to commit firebombings using Molotov Cocktails ORG ,” the complaint against McGovern-Allen PERSON explains. “For example, in one CARDINAL

Discord ORG chat from March 2022 DATE , [the defendant] states ‘if you need anything done for $ lmk [“let me know”]/I did a shooting/Molotov/but I can also do things for ur entertainment.”

The chat channels that Tongue ORG frequented have hundreds to thousands CARDINAL of members each, and some of the more interesting solicitations on these communities are job offers for in-person assignments and tasks that can be found if one searches for posts titled, “If you live near,” or “ IRL ORG job” — short for “in real life” job. A number of these classified ads are in service of performing “brickings,” where someone is hired to visit a specific address and toss a brick through the target’s window.

McGovern-Allen PERSON was in the news not long ago. According to a Sept. 2020 DATE story from The Press of Atlantic City ORG , a then 19-year-old DATE

Patrick McGovern-Allen PERSON was injured after driving into a building and forcing residents from their home.

“Police found a 2007 DATE

Lexus ORG , driven by Patrick McGovern-Allen PERSON , 19 DATE , that had lost control and left the road, crashing into the eastern end of the 1600 CARDINAL building,” the story recounted. “The car was driven through the steps that provide access to the second ORDINAL -floor apartments, destroying them, and also caused damage to the outer wall.”

A copy of McGovern-Allen’s ORG sentencing statement says he pleaded guilty to three CARDINAL criminal counts, including two CARDINAL for stalking, and one for the use of fire in commission of a federal felony. The judge in the case gave McGovern-Allen PERSON 160 months in prison — about 13.3 years DATE . After completing his sentence, McGovern-Allen PERSON will be on supervised release for three years DATE .

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