JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man has received an indictment for more than 25 different federal charges including the attempted murder of United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan.
Aaron Richardson, 24, failed to appear for court hearings on June 3 and 11, according to a Department of Justice press release. Shortly after, Richardson allegedly stole a Savage Arms .30-06 rifle and ammunition from a Sports Authority store in Jacksonville, Florida.
On June 23, Richardson alleged shot the rifle at Corrigan's home.
William Berger, U.S. Marshal, Middle District of Florida said, "[The] Marshal's role in this, of course, through our task force, which is a combination of the resources you see up here was able to locate and apprehend Mr. Richardson within 48 hours of the initial response. The Middle District along with assistance from our headquarters in Washington provided 25 U.S. Marshal to assist in the protection of Judge Corrigan and his family for approximately 45 days until we were convinced there were no other co-conspirators."
Corrigan previously convicted and sentenced Richardson for attempting to make a combustible device in a 2008 case, according to the release. After spending time in prison, he began to serve a term of supervised release.
In 2012, Richardson allegedly made many false statements to his probation officer about new arrests and criminal court appearances in Clay, Duval and Volusia Counties. On January 30, he appeared in federal court for allegedly violating his supervised release, but was released that day.
The other indictment charges filed against Richardson include federal firearm offenses involving the possession and discharge of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, as well as failure to attend court hearings and making numerous false statements to the FBI and his supervising probation officer, and allegedly impersonating a Captain in the United States Navy.
If convicted on all counts, Richardson faces a maximum of life in federal prison. The indictment also notifies him that the United States intends to forfeit a Savage Arms .30-06 rifle and Winchester ammunition used during the attempted murder.
"The attempted murder of a sitting United States District Judge represents an attack not only upon an individual, but on the entire judicial system and the rule of law. There is no more serious crime that we could prosecute," said Lee Bentley III, Acting United States Attorney, Middle District of Florida.
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