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Three men indicted for 2015 attempted assassination of Texas District Court Judge Julie Kocurek.

September 25, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Three men indicted for 2015 attempted assassination of Texas District Court Judge Julie Kocurek.

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Prosecutors have unsealed a federal indictment accusing three men with the 2015 attempted assassination of a Texas District Court Judge Julie Kocurek.

Authorities charged 28-year-old Chimene Onyeri, 26-year-old Marcellus Burgin, and 24-year-old Rasul Scott in the 27-page indictment for their participation in a criminal conspiracy associated with the stealing of credit cards and other monetary information.

Onyeri stands accused of shooting Judge Julie Kocurek, while his two co-conspirators reportedly served as lookouts during the hit, Breitbart Texas reported.

Daryl Fields, a DOJ spokesman said in a statement that the three suspects were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to engage in an enterprise in a pattern of racketeering activity, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Onyeri has also been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, six additional counts of aggravated identity theft, and an additional count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors say when the suspects were made aware that they are faced substantial prison time for their role in the criminal enterprise, they attempted to murder Judge Julie Kocurek. Onyeri allegedly approached the victim in her vehicle back in November 2015.

In a written statement, U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin said: “This multi-agency investigation uncovered a diabolical scheme that went from multi-faceted fraud to an attempt on the life of a State judicial officer.”

“I commend the extraordinary efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dayna Blazey, and the agents of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Austin Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service who brought this case to indictment,” the statement added.

Christopher Combs, FBI Special Agent in Charge, stated: “A violent attack against a judge doesn’t just threaten our justice system; it’s an assault to the bedrock of our democracy which upholds the laws protecting our freedom. This case should send a strong message to those who threaten or harm members of our judiciary; the FBI will work day and night, with our law enforcement partners, to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.”

The three suspects are facing life behind bars for the RICO conspiracy charges and up to 20 years for the charges of conspiracy to commit wire or mail fraud.

Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County District Attorney said: “In coordination with federal authorities, and as a result of the overlapping issues presented in these prosecutions, Dayna Blazey, a Travis County Assistant District Attorney, has been cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in order to assist with the federal prosecution of this important case. This office will continue to work with federal authorities until all prosecutions are concluded.”

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