Ohio Suspect Wanted to Help ISIL, Feds Say

     CINCINNATI (CN) – Christopher Cornell, the 21-year-old accused of plotting an attack on the U.S. Capitol building, has now been charged with attempting to provide support to ISIL.
     Cornell, of Green Township, Ohio, was initially charged after his Jan. 14, 2015, arrest with attempting to kill officers of the United States and possession of firearms.
     Law enforcement allegedly found two semiautomatic rifles on Cornell and more than 600 rounds of ammunition during their investigation.
     In a statement announcing the new charge Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice said Cornell tried to help ISIL, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and to recruit others for his attack on the Capitol.
     Cornell pleaded not guilty in Cincinnati to the original charges, which carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
     The new charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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