A former Pennsylvania district attorney accused of planning to kill several Democrats in the US Senate after arguing over the January 6 attack on the Capitol has reached a settlement with prosecutors. pellets. Kenelm L. Shirka former Lancaster district attorney, 72, pleaded guilty to one count of threatening to kill US officials, court documents showed.
The plea was brought before the District Judge of the United States Jennifer P. Wilson of the Central District of Pennsylvania. Shirk is facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and 3 years of probation upon release.
Based on Department of Justice, Pennsylvania State Police officers on January 21, 2021, stopped Shirk’s vehicle while he was en route to the nation’s capital.
Police stationed vehicles along the route from Shirk’s home to Washington, DC on Interstate 81 after his wife called authorities and reported that she and Shirk had argued over the outcome. of the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 siege, local FOX affiliate WPMT report. She told police that after the argument, Shirk threatened to kill her and later revealed that he was planning to kill several Democratic senators in Washington, DC.
Shirk’s wife also told authorities that her husband said that if he encountered resistance from the police, he planned to get out by “committing suicide by the police”.
According to the complaint, Shirk’s wife “didn’t want to see [her husband’s alleged attack] on the news and feels like she’s in charge. “
Police searched the defendant’s car and recovered several firearms, including an assault rifle and several handguns, as well as a large amount of ammunition. After a search, the police arrested Shirk and charged him with making terrorist threats.
According to WPMT, authorities took Shirk to the Chambersburg Hospital Emergency Room, where a nurse performed a mental health assessment. The nurse told authorities that Shirk said his plan was to stop in Virginia on his way to DC and visit his son and niece. He will then “wake up early enough to beat the traffic” so he can be at the senators’ homes “before they go to work.”
According to the report, the medical examiner said that Shirk spoke in a “flat, curt voice” and “seemed serious when he talked about killing his wife and members of the government.”
Another hospital employee told police she found a handwritten list among Shirk’s possessions that listed things like “guns, ammo, ropes, tools, drugs, magazines, “according to the petition.
“Both nurses reported that they found Shirk to be intimidating and distrustful,” WPMT reported.
Shirk has remained incarcerated at the Dauphin County Jail since his initial arrest, online profile only. The disciplinary panel of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in May last year stripped Shirk of his right to practice after his arrest.
Prosecutors said they plan to make a specific recommendation about Shirk’s sentencing at his sentencing hearing.
Shirk’s attorney, John Abomtold local news agency LancasterOnline that prosecutors were “making a mountain out of a slope.”
“We dispute – and that will be a sentencing issue – with him sitting in his car with a legally owned firearm, with nothing but going to Alexandria, Va., to visit the properties. members of his family,” Abom told the newspaper after the proceedings.
Abom said he plans to ask the court to sentence his client on time.
Abom did not immediately respond to a text from Law & Crime about Shirk’s confession or impending sentencing.
Read the plea agreement below.
[image via Franklin County Jail]
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