Judge rules no bond for man charged for alleged terror plot at U.S. Capitol

Published: Jan. 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2015 at 7:32 PM EST
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Christopher Cornell wore a striped Butler Co. jumpsuit to the hearing. (FOX19 NOW/Lakisha...
Christopher Cornell wore a striped Butler Co. jumpsuit to the hearing. (FOX19 NOW/Lakisha Tisdale)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman ruled that there will be no bond for the Green Township man accused in a terror-related plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and shoot government employees and members of Congress.

Judge Bowman ruled that Christopher Cornell, 20, was a threat to the community and a flight risk.

Prosecutors gave no new facts in the terror plot hearing.

Cornell's attorney, Karen Savir, asked the judge to have both sides call Cornell by his Muslim name: Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, but the judge made no ruling on that.

Savir also asked the judge to force the Butler County Jail to allow Cornell a prayer rug and a clock to perform scheduled prayers. In addition, asked to have Cornell off isolation.

Cornell's entire family was at the hearing. Upon the decision, Christopher's father, John, had nothing to say leaving court Friday.

The prosecutor and Cornell's attorney both left the courthouse as soon as the hearing finished.

It was the first time Cornell faced a federal judge.

He arrived Downtown sometime Friday from the Butler County jail, where's he has been held in isolation and without bond since his arrest Wednesday. He is charged with attempted killing of a U.S. government official and possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.

Authorities did not disclose what time left the jail, and security around Cornell has been tight.

The hearing was to determine whether or not the Oak Hills High School graduate will stay in jail or be able to get out on bond

Cornell was arrested Wednesday while walking out of Point Blank Range and Gun shop on Harrison Avenue in Colerain Township, where he had just purchased 600 rounds of ammunition, officials say.

During several meetings with an FBI informant, Cornell disclosed that he had researched how to construct pipe bombs and the cost of guns they would purchase for an attack, according to documents.

[Illustration credit: Lakisha Tisdale]

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