According to police, the man who claimed he wanted to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in Maryland Federal Court on Wednesday.
The DOJ reported that Nicholas John Roske, 26, of California was indicted for federal murder charges.
On Wednesday, Fox News’ Jake Gibson tweetedRoske “has plead not guilty to one count of attempting to assassinate a Justice of the US Supreme Court. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.”
GREENBELT, MARYLAND – Nicholas John Roske, the man arrested near the home of Brett Kavanaugh, has plead not guilty to one count of attempting to assassinate a Justice of the US Supreme Court. This charge can result in a life sentence.
— Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) June 22, 2022
Roske, according to authorities, crossed state boundaries with the intention of killing Kavanaugh.
“According to the one-count indictment and other court documents, on June 8, 2022, Roske intended to kill an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,”The DOJ released the following statement. “Court documents alleges that Roske traveled from California to Maryland, intending to kill the Supreme Court Justice, arriving at the residence of a current Justice of the Supreme Court in the early morning hours of June 8, 2022.”
Roske could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of trying to assassinate an American justice.
“The indictment includes a forfeiture allegation seeking the forfeiture of a firearm, two magazines loaded with 10 rounds each of 9mm ammunition; 17 rounds of ammunition contained in a plastic bag, a black speed loader, and additional items allegedly intended to be used in the commission of the crime,”The DOJ was also added.
A DOJ affidavit claimed that Roske traveled to Kavanaugh’s home armed with weapons and burglary tools intending to kill him in order to prevent him from ruling on Second Amendment and abortion cases.
“On June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 a.m., two United States Deputy Marshals saw an individual dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase, get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of the Montgomery County, Maryland, residence of a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court,”According to the affidavit.
Roske, according to authorities, called 911 following seeing the marshals. He said that he was having suicidal thoughts and that he carried a gun in his bag. “a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.”
Police shortly thereafter took Roske into custody near Kavanaugh’s home without incident.
“An inventory search of the seized suitcase and backpack revealed a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, paper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crow bar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, and other items,”According to the affidavit.
Roske stated to authorities that he was angry about the incident. “leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.”He stated that “he believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws.”
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,”According to the affidavit. “Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself.”
Mary Margaret Olohan was a contributor to this article.
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