A Lebanese man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to murder Democratic members of the U.S. Senate, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Kenelm L. Shirk, 72, pleaded guilty for his threat made on January 21st 2021 that was allegedly made over retaliation of the senators’ duties on January 6th, 2021. Shirk had been arrested that same day at a gas station near Shippensburg as he was on his way to Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said during a search of his vehicle, law enforcement recovered two handguns, an AR-15 rifle with loaded magazines, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
In February 2021, a federal grand jury indicted him for “threatening to murder members of the United States Senate,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities alleged that Shirk “made threats to murder Democratic members of the United States Senate.”
Shirk initially pleaded not guilty to the charge in February 2021, but changed his plea on Monday, according to Fox 43.
U.S. Attorney John Gurganus said Shirk’s effort was linked to retaliation against senators who voted to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6th, 2021, ABC 27 News reported.
Authorities reportedly started looking for Shirk after his wife reported that he threatened to kill her and was planning an attack against government officials in Washington, D.C., according to ABC 27 News.
He faces a maximum of 10 years in custody, supervised release after being in prison and a fine, ABC 27 News reported. Prior to his arrest, Shirk had been solicitor for Akron borough, in Lancaster County. Shirk was disbarred last year.
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