After Christopher Lee Cornell pleaded guilty in August 2015 to having plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group, his lawyers tried desperately to convince U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith that he felt remorse for his crimes and thus deserved a light sentence.
They claimed that he now rejected “radical Islamic propaganda” and was ready to embrace the life of a productive citizen. They even convinced Cornell to issue a formal apology for his behavior and plead for “a second chance.”
“(He) has gone through dramatic changes in personality, mindset and worldview,” attorney Candace Crouse claimed in a memorandum, as reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Judge Beckwith seriously doubted Cornell’s claims of remorse, however, and therefore chose Monday to sentence him to 30 years in prison, to be followed by lifetime probation, according to Fox News.
“Allah is in control, not this judge!” Cornell shouted as he was being led out of the courtroom, according to The Associated Press, suggesting that the judge had made the right call.
Apparently, Allah wants you in prison then, Mr. Cornell. Because that’s where you’re headed.
Cornell also claimed that the justice system had been “rigged” against him.
Unfortunately for Cornell, his lawyer’s claims of rehabilitation directly contradicted the reality of the situation, which was that prosecutors in the case had plenty of evidence to prove he was still radicalized.
“In their sentencing memo filed earlier, prosecutors said Cornell continued in jail to promote violence, trying to circulate his ‘Message to America’ call for others to ‘fight against the disbelieving people of America,’” Fox News explained.
The attention-seeking radical even reportedly used the local jail’s computer terminal — meant to be used for performing legal research — to make Internet posts encouraging other Muslims to engage in “violent jihad” against America and seek retribution against the FBI confidential informant who helped bring him to justice.
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H/T Chicago Tribune