The man accused of trying to assassinate Brett Kavanaugh at the US supreme court justice’s home in Maryland last week is facing a possible life sentence after a federal grand jury indicted him on Wednesday.
Nicholas John Roske, 26, faces one count of attempting to murder an associate justice of the supreme court, federal prosecutors said in a statement.
The maximum penalty for anyone found guilty of that crime is life imprisonment, though it’s rare for federal convicts to face the stiffest punishments possible.
Prosecutors on Wednesday said they have also moved to seize from Roske weapons and ammunition discovered on him at the time of his arrest near Kavanaugh’s house in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They include a Glock pistol, two magazines with 10 rounds each, pepper spray, a tactical knife and burglary tools, according to a court filing Wednesday.
Federal agents allege that Roske traveled from his home in Simi Valley, California, to Maryland to kill Kavanaugh because a leaked draft opinion on 2 May showed the supreme court judge and other of his fellow conservatives had provisionally voted to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that established the nationwide right to abortion.