CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group is due in court for a change-of-plea hearing.
Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his January 2015 arrest. A change-of-plea hearing notice was filed on Friday in federal court in Cincinnati. Such notices often signal plans to plead guilty.
U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith ruled in April that Cornell was competent to stand trial after his attorneys questioned his mental state.
FBI agents arrested Cornell in the parking lot of a gun shop near Cincinnati, saying he’d just bought two M-15 assault weapons and ammunition.
Cornell’s father has said his son was misled and coerced by “a snitch.”