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Tri-State terror suspect pleads not guilty to new charge

Christopher Cornell (FOX19 NOW/file) Christopher Cornell (FOX19 NOW/file)

Christopher Cornell faced a federal judge Tuesday on a new charge of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS.

The new charge is in addition to the original indictment after his arrest earlier this year.

Cornell is accused of plotting to blow up the U-S capitol and kill elected officials and government workers.  

Cornell's attorney pled not guilty to the new charge during the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes. The 2012 Oak Hills graduate stayed silent other than answering “yes” when Judge Sandra Beckwith asked if he understood the indictment.

FOX19 NOW's legal analyst Mike Allen says this new charge shows federal authorities are coming down hard on Cornell to make an example of him.  They want to send a strong message that terrorism will not be tolerated.

The new charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.  

Cornell's trial was expected to begin in late summer or early fall, but this new charge is going to push that back.  

Cornell pled not guilty in January to attempted murder of government employees and officials, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of an attempted crime of violence.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison.

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