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(LifeSiteNews) – The man arrested after allegedly confessing to the police his intent to kill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been indicted on attempted murder charges, a Wednesday statement from the Department of Justice confirmed.

California man Nicholas John Roske was indicted by the Grand Jury for the District of Maryland on Wednesday. The 26-year-old was charged with “attempting to murder a Justice of the United States, specifically, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.”

In addition, prosecutors wrote that they are seeking forfeiture “of a firearm, two magazines loaded with 10 rounds each of 9mm ammunition; 17 rounds of ammunition contained in a plastic bag, a black speed loader, and additional items allegedly intended to be used in the commission of the crime,” all of which were supposedly discovered near Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, at the time of Roske’s arrest.

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Roske stands accused of traveling from his home in Simi Valley, California, to Kavanaugh’s family home with intent to kill the justice and then himself. The would-be murderer expressed that his motive to murder the SCOTUS judge was rooted in his support for Roe v. Wade and that he was “upset” in light of the impending overturning of the landmark abortion decision.

According to an affidavit from an FBI special agent in support of the charges, Roske arrived at Kavanaugh’s residence just after 1 a.m. on June 8 “dressed in black and carrying a suitcase.”

“Shortly thereafter,” the sworn testimony continues, emergency services received a call from Roske, who “informed the call taker that he was having suicidal thoughts and had a firearm in his suitcase.” He then explained to the dispatcher his intention “to kill a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.” After that police arrived and arrested Roske “without incident.”

Following his arrest, Roske told police “that he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” the affidavit read.

“Roske stated that he’d been thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County [home] address on the internet.”

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The DOJ stressed that his indictment is “not a finding of guilt” but noted that the maximum sentence faced by Roske is “life in federal prison for attempting to assassinate a Justice of the United States.” The press statement added that it is rare for federal convicts to receive the maximum permitted penalty.

Roske remains in custody in Maryland and will appear at a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 22.

Meanwhile, pro-life organizations continue to face attacks in the wake of Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion on Roe.

READ: ‘Jane’s Revenge’ declares ‘open season’ on pro-life groups, promises to escalate violence

On June 7, the morning before Roske travelled to Maryland, the CompassCare pro-life pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York, was firebombed by extreme pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge, with activists smashing windows in the reception room and nurses’ office and tossing Molotov cocktails inside.

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