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FRC Shooter Pleads Guilty, Explains Chick-fil-A Sandwiches

FRC Shooter Pleads Guilty, Explains Chick-fil-A Sandwiches

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Floyd Lee Corkins II pleaded guilty to three counts related to the shooting that wounded a security guard at the Family Research Council's Washington, D.C., headquarters last August.

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Floyd Lee Corkins II today pleaded guilty to shooting and wounding a security guard at the headquarters of the antigay Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., in August 2012. In a plea agreement, Corkins pleaded guilty to three counts: interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed, and an act of terrorism while armed, according to the Associated Press.

In the plea agreement filed Wednesday, Corkins, a 28-year-old LGBT center volunteer, admitted that he intended to kill as many people as possible during the August shooting. If he was not stopped, Corkins planned to target other organizations that oppose same-sex marriage, reports the AP.

In addition to a pistol, the AP reports that Corkins carried a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches into the Christian organization's headquarters and planned to smear the sandwiches on his victim's faces "to make a statement against the people who work in that building ... and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A."

The Georgia-based fast-food chain was under scrutiny last summer when it came to light that the organization had donated more than $5 million to antigay causes through its charitable arm, the Winshape Foundation. Despite the organization's claims to the contrary, Chick-fil-A continues to donate to groups that vilify LGBT people.

Corkins could receive up to 15 years in prison for each count and will be sentenced April 29, according to the AP. Read more about Corkins's foiled plans here.

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Sunnivie is the managing editor of The Advocate, and an award-winning journalist whose passion is covering the politics of equality and elevating the unheard stories of our community. Originally from Colorado, she and her spouse now live in Los Angeles, along with their three fur-children: dogs Luna and Cassie Doodle, and "Meow Button" Tilly.
Sunnivie is the managing editor of The Advocate, and an award-winning journalist whose passion is covering the politics of equality and elevating the unheard stories of our community. Originally from Colorado, she and her spouse now live in Los Angeles, along with their three fur-children: dogs Luna and Cassie Doodle, and "Meow Button" Tilly.