Grand Jury Indicts Ohio Man Held in Capitol Terror Plot

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Cincinnati man accused in terrorist plot indicted.

Capitol and shoot fleeing government officials, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury, the day before his scheduled preliminary hearing in U.S.

Capitol in Washington and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State militant group, the FBI said on Wednesday. (Dan Sewell, Associated Press) CINCINNATI — A grand jury Wednesday indicted the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. The indictment charges Christopher Lee Cornell, of the western Cincinnati suburb of Green Township, with two counts that carry possible sentences upon conviction of up to 20 years each: attempting to kill U.S. officials and employees, and solicitation to commit a crime of violence. He was arrested Jan. 14 outside a gun shop after having come onto federal agents radar over the summer for suspicious postings on social media, in which he sought help to carry out an attack inspired by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Cornell, who was ordered last week by Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman to be held without bond during a detention hearing in Cincinnati federal court, will be arraigned on the indictment at 1:30 p.m. The FBI began investigating Cornell after a confidential informant reported social media activity beginning this past summer that allegedly included statements, videos and other content expressing support for the terror group ISIS and for violent jihad.

Cornell’s father, John Cornell, has said his son was coerced and misled by “a snitch” trying to better his own legal situation. “The serious nature of the alleged offense and the defendant’s comfort with extreme violence weigh heavily against bond,” Magistrate Stephanie K. Court documents state he sent a tweet to an FBI source: “I believe we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.” The former member of the wrestling team at Oak Hills High School began learning about building pipe bombs and plotted to plant them near the U.S. He met with the FBI confidential source Oct. 17 and 18 in Cincinnati to discuss the attack, and told the informant he needed weapons and had wanted to “move” in December, according to court documents. Savir told the magistrate Cornell wanted to be addressed by his Muslim name, Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, and to have access to a prayer mat and a clock in jail so he could continue his religious practices. Cornell, who lived with his parents in their apartment and recently ended a seasonal retail store job, had long expressed distrust of government and the news media.

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