CINCINNATI, Ohio (HPD) — A 22-year-old man who authorities say identifies as “involuntarily celibate” and who made plans to kill women at an Ohio university has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of attempt a hate crime.
Tres Genco, a resident of Hilliard, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cincinnati. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison because he threatened to kill people, a US Justice Department spokesman said.
Genco’s attorney, Richard Monahan, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Genco identifies as involuntarily celibate — or “incel” for its acronym in English — and interacted with an online community made up mostly of men who promote violence against women because they say they are unfairly denied sexual or romantic attention, authorities added. .
Genco shadowed an Ohio university in January 2020 and wrote a document that month titled “Isolated” that he described as “the writings of the lost and the murderous,” according to the prosecution. He signed it: “Your hopeful friend and murderer.”
Police raided Genco’s home in March 2020 and found a firearm with an adapter that allows him to fire more quickly, as well as a loaded pistol, boxes of bullets, and a bulletproof vest. He was charged in July 2021.
Genco’s “manifesto” points to a 2014 mass shooting by a man who identified himself as an “incel,” named Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and wounded 14 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before committing suicide. .
In April 2018, another involuntary celibate, Alek Minassian, 25, drove a car into a mostly female crowd in downtown Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 14.