Prosecutors are seeking 45 years in prison for a Virginia man who planned to shoot up the headquarters of Christian lobbying group, the Family Research Council, in August 2012.
Floyd Lee Corkins II hoped to shoot as many people as possible at the pro-life group’s headquarters, according to U.S. District Court documents. He claimed he bought 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which he planned to rub in the faces of dying FRC staffers.
Corkins was subdued after pulling a gun on a security guard in the FRC building on August 15. He told the guard the attack was not about him, it was a "against the people who work in that building."
The 28-year-old liberal activist pleaded guilty to three charges in February, including committing an act of terrorism while armed, interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, and assault with intent to kill while armed.
Corkins told District Court Judge Richard Roberts that his plan was an attempt to intimidate gay rights opponents.
The act of terrorism charge stems from prosecutors allegations that Corkins planned to kill building manager Leo Johnson and other FRC staff “with the intent to intimidate and coerce a significant portion of the civilian population of the District of Columbia and the United States."
According to court documents, he chose the FRC after he found it listed as an anti-gay group on the Southern Poverty Law Center website and planned to kill as many people inside its headquarters as possible.
The FRC does not support gay marriage, abortion, or homosexuality in general. Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with "negative physical and psychological health effects,” the FRC website says.
Corkins is due to be sentenced on April 29.