The man who allegedly told police he sought to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been indicted for attempted murder, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday.
Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas John Roske of California was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of attempting to murder a Supreme Court justice, the DOJ said in a press release, noting that his initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.
Individuals charged by indictment are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the release said, noting that an indictment is not a finding of guilt.
“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 release said. “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.”
If Roske is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for attempting to assassinate a United States justice. The DOJ release notes that actual sentences for federal crimes are usually less than the maximum penalty.
“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 release said.
A DOJ affidavit details how Roske allegedly traveled to Kavanaugh’s home armed with weapons and burglary tools with the intent to kill the justice and 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,” the affidavit said.
Roske looked at the two U.S. Marshals standing by their parked cars and then walked down the street, according to the affidavit.
The Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center then received a call from an individual who identified himself as Nicholas John Roske. He said he had suicidal thoughts, had a gun in his suitcase, and had come from California to kill “a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.”
Police were dispatched to the justice’s home, where they encountered Roske still on the phone with the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center. The officers took Roske into custody “without incident.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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