Ohio man Christopher Lee Cornell was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for plotting to blow up the U.S. Capitol building Monday.
Cornell screamed, “Allah’s in control, not the judge,” on his way out of the courtroom, adding that the criminal justice system is “rigged.” Cornell’s radical outburst comes despite protestations that he was misunderstood by the court.
“I hope they can soon see the change in me, understand me, give me the help I need and allow me to get a second chance. I’m not a terrorist, a criminal or a bad person, I’m just a kid who suffered from problems, that made some bad decisions and stupid mistakes,” he wrote his family in March.
“Those stupid terrorist(s) and their ideologies are twisted. They are out killing innocent people and ruining families. They are brainwashing innocent … kids with hate-filled propaganda…and are using those kids to carry out their delusional agenda,” in another April letter he lamented.
Cornell came onto the FBI’s radar in 2014 when he praised Islamic State attacks and beheadings on twitter. He then became involved with an FBI special informant trying to plot attacks within the U.S. “I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything,” Cornell wrote the informant in 2014.
Cornell was arrested at a Cincinnati gun store in 2014 immediately after purchasing two firearms he planned on using when executing his attack.
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