FRC Shooter Pleads Guilty to 'Committing an Act of Terrorism'

Floyd Corkins II, the man charged with planning to shoot and kill Family Research Center (FRC) staffers at their Washington D.C. headquarters, could face up to 45 years in prison, the Associated Press is reporting. On August 15 of last year, Corkins shot the security guard at the conservative Christian organization’s office. 

[Floyd] Corkins II pleaded guilty to three charges in February: interstate transportation of a firearm, assault with intent to kill while armed and committing an act of terrorism while armed.

Prosecutors are recommending a 45 year sentence for Corkins.

A security guard subdued Corkins in the lobby of the Family Research Council in August after he pointed a pistol at the man. Corkins fired three shots, and the guard was the only one wounded. Corkins, who was carrying nearly 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, later told authorities that he had planned to kill as many people as possible and then to smear the sandwiches on their faces as a political statement.

At the time, Chik-Fil-A was in the news for opposing President Obama’s stance on gay marriage.  The FRC is also an opponent of gay marriage, and Corkins was reported to say he didn’t like the group or their positions.

Corkins’ sentencing is set for April 29.