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Tri-State terror suspect pleads not guilty to three felony charges

Published: Jan. 22, 2015 at 10:01 PM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (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 plead not guilty to three felony counts Thursday.

Christopher Cornell, 20, entered a not guilty plea to three felony counts. He was indicted

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.

He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if he is convicted of all the charges.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman addressed Cornell's request to be called by his Muslim name. She said that she will not call him by his Muslim name but by his legal name.

Cornell will go back to Boone County Jail.

No date has been set for Cornell's next court appearance.

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.

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