A 71-year-old lawyer had a car full of guns and ammo on his way to Washington D.C. and made threats to murder members of the U.S. Senate, federal officials say.
Kenelm L. Shirk was recently indicted by a federal grand jury. U.S. Attorneys announced the indictments on Wednesday and he pleaded not guilty to the charges during a Tuesday hearing in federal court.
Shirk made threats to murder Democrats in the U.S. Senate, according to federal officials.
He was stopped on Jan. 21 by Pennsylvania State Police on his way to Washington D.C., according to investigators. Police found several guns and "a large amount" of ammo in his car. He was charged with making terroristic threats.
He was stopped one day after President Joe Biden was sworn in, replacing Donald Trump. The arrest was also weeks after a riot overran the U.S. Capitol as protestors objected to the results of the 2020 election. Dozens have been charged in connection to the riots at the legislative building.
FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, the Cornwall Police Department, and the Washington D.C. Capitol Police all helped in the investigation.
Shirk faces up to 10 years in prison.
According to Shirk's law firm webpage, he has practiced law for more than 35 years. He is a third-generation lawyer in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster County is in the southeast part of the commonwealth. His legal work focuses on Zoning and Land Use, Business law and commercial real estate.