A 22-year-old Ohio man who plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol during the president’s State of the Union address pleaded guilty today to attempting to kill government employees, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Christopher Lee Cornell, of Green Township, Ohio, attempted to travel to Washington, D.C. and planned to carry out the attack during President Obama’s address to Congress on Jan., 20, 2015, according to a plea agreement cited in a U.S. Department of Justice statement.
He said his planned attack was an attempt to provide support and resources to ISIS, the Justice Department statement said. He conducted online research about weapons, bomb construction, the U.S. Capitol and other potential targets in the Washington, D.C., area, according to the plea agreement cited by the Justice Department.
Cornell allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the Capitol and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions, according to government documents at the time of his arrest several days before the 2015 State of the Union address.