- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

A federal judge has sentenced a man who plotted a Capitol terror attack in January 2015 to 30 years behind bars.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 22, was arrested last year in connection with a planned massacre in the nation’s capital involving pipe bombs, 600 rounds of ammunition, and a semi-automatic rifle.

Monday’s sentencing in a Cincinnati courtroom comes four months after he pleaded guilty of attempted murder of government officials, support for a terrorist organization and a gun charge.

“Allah is in control, not this judge!” Cornell screamed as he was led out of the courtroom, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Cornell, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, wanted to attack President Obama during the 2015 State of the Union address.

FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge John Barrios noted in court documents last year that the American public was not in danger because Cornell was unwittingly working with law enforcement as he hatched his plot.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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