Tri-State terror suspect indicted on 3 felonies
BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The Green Township man who was accused in a terror-related plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and shoot government employees and members of Congress was indicted Wednesday on three felony counts.
Christopher Cornell, 20, faces one count attempted murder of government employees and officials, one count solicitation to commit a crime of violence and one count possession of firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.
In Cornell's initial complaint, he was charged with attempted killing of a U.S. government official and possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.
The one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence was added to the two previous counts, according to Wednesday's indictment.
The indictment says that Cornell attempted to get another person to join him in the efforts of the attack.
Cornell was arrested on Jan. 14 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.
Cornell will be in court for an initial appearance and arraignment for the indictment at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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