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Jan. 6 Capitol rioter conspired to kill federal agents, court records show

Newly uncovered court documents show that a Tennessee man was arrested on charges of involvement Jan. 6, 2021. Rebellion Also conspired with another man to kill dozens of federal agents involved in the investigation.

Earlier this year, Edward Kelly, 33, was one of several rioters arrested for illegally entering the US Capitol and assaulting an officer.

According to the FBI, Kelly later discussed with 26-year-old Austin Carter a plan to kill law enforcement personnel who had worked on his criminal investigation, and made a list of targets. Court records show that a witness provided a list of 37 names to a local Tennessee police department on Tuesday.

Kelly and Carter discuss gathering information and plans to put law enforcement officers on the list, including the FBI’s Knoxville field office.

“You guys are taking them to your office,” Kelly said on Wednesday, as recorded by the unnamed witness. “What you and Austin need to do is recruit as many as you can, call what you need, and you’re going to attack their office.”

When the witness asked if the assault was taking place at the Knoxville office, Kelly said yes.

Carter later told the witness that “this is the time, add or put” and “of course you got to make sure everything is racked, locked and loaded.”

Kelly’s attorneys in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.

In a statement, FBI Director Christopher Wray Told that “the allegations that individuals attacked and tried to injure or kill FBI personnel are sickening.”

Kelly and Carter both appeared in court Friday before US Magistrate Judge Jill E. McCook in Knoxville. They are charged with conspiracy, retaliating against a federal officer, interstate communication of a threat and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

“Federal law enforcement agents risk their lives every day to protect the public,” US Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III told WATE-TV on Friday. “Planning and threatening violence against them is one of the most serious crimes. This is absolutely unacceptable and will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.”

The preliminary hearing of the two men is to be held on January 3. Meanwhile, Carter’s custody hearing is scheduled for December 21.

A high-profile US Capitol riot on Friday sentence ordered Five years in prison for his role in the 6 January rebellion. Doug Jensen, a QAnon conspiracy theorist from Iowa convicted Of the seven federal counts. He was accused of being among the first to breach the Capitol, and was at the forefront of a mob that chased US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up the steps of the Capitol. Prosecutors called Jensen “the poster boy of the rebellion”.

The Justice Department said more than 880 people have been charged with crimes related to the January 6 attack.

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