Man sentenced in Capitol attack plot to appeal

Christopher Lee Cornell was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State


Associated Press

CINCINNATI — An Ohio man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group plans to appeal his sentence.

Christopher Lee Cornell filed notice of a planned appeal on Tuesday.

This July 29, 2016, file booking photo made available by the Boone County Jail in Burlington, Ky., shows Christopher Lee Cornell of Green Township in suburban Cincinnati.
This July 29, 2016, file booking photo made available by the Boone County Jail in Burlington, Ky., shows Christopher Lee Cornell of Green Township in suburban Cincinnati. (Boone County Jail via AP File)

A federal judge on Monday also ordered lifetime probation after prison for Cornell.

The 22-year-old suburban Cincinnati man pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to charges including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees in a plot to attack the Capitol during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. His attorneys say online propaganda and a confidential informant influenced him.

Defense attorneys Martin Pinales and Candace Crouse have asked to withdraw from the case. They suggest appointing new counsel for the appeal.

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