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A former members of the National Guard has pleaded guilty in a case involving a neo-Nazi group’s plot to attack power substations.

Joseph Maurino pleaded guilty in a North Carolina court to a charge of onspiracy to manufacture firearms and ship interstate and pleaded not guilty to a charge of the destruction of an energy facility, according to court records, Fox8 reported.

Maurino had been facing two counts of conspiracy to manufacture and one count of destruction of an energy facility.

He was charged with four other suspects in August 2021 for allegedly participating in a plot to attack energy stations spanning Boise, Idaho to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the indictments said.

The group, who initially met on a neo-Nazi forum, had previously been charged with smuggling guns in order to build a “modern day SS,” Raw Story reported.

Maurino, 22, along with Paul James Kryscuk, 35, Liam Collins, 21, and Jordan Duncan, 26 were charged with a third indictment by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for “conspiracy to damage the property of an energy facility in the United States.”

Collins and Duncan are former Marines who were based out of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

The charges state that the group “researched, discussed, and reviewed at length a previous attack on the power grid by an unknown group” that attempted to use assault rifles to blow up a power substation.

The indictment also accused Kryscuk of manufacturing firearms, Collins of stealing military gear, and Duncan of building a library of information about firearms, explosives and nerve toxins.

The indictment further alleged that the defendants discussed using homemade Thermite to destroy power transformers. Thermite is a combination of metal power and metal oxide that burns at over 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

When they were arrested, three of the group had relocated to Boise, Idaho. The charges were brought in the Eastern District of North Carolina as Collins and Duncan were Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Maurino had faced up to 40 years in prison if convicted on all counts.