Man Charged After Taking Knives Into Federal Court In Apparent Murder Plot
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 60-year-old man who spent most of the past 40 years behind bars apparently brought knives into Detroit federal court to kill his probation officer and a judge.
Timothy Daniels — whose rap sheet includes convictions for armed assault, credit card fraud and armed robbery — passed through court security on Monday with two wooden-handled knives in his jeans.
According to a criminal complaint, Daniels made it to the ninth floor and gave his probation officer a requested urine sample. He was later arrested after showing the knives to officers.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Read wrote in the complaint that Daniels wanted to go back to prison, according to the Detroit News.
“He said he … was intent on killing his probation officer and Judge Michelson,” Read wrote. “He said he knew he would go to prison for the rest of his life for doing that and this was what he wanted.”
But Daniels apparently had a change of heart and couldn’t go through with the murder plot. Instead, he asked a court security guard for directions to the U.S. Marshal’s office, where he turned himself in.
Daniels, who was released from prison last month, is charged with possession of a dangerous weapon in a federal facility. He faces two years in prison if convicted as charged.
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