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Government Seeks 45 Years for Family Research Council Shooter

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2013 May 03
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Prosecutors are seeking a 45-year sentence for the man who pleaded guilty to plotting an attack at the Family Research Council's Washington, D.C., headquarters in August 2012, WORLD reports. Floyd Corkins II, of Virginia, never got past the building's lobby thanks to a security guard. Leo Johnson tackled and subdued Corkins, but not before the attacker fired three shots, hitting the guard in the arm. After Corkins' arrest, police found nearly 100 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack.  Corkins, 28, told authorities he planned to shoot as many people as possible and smear the sandwiches in their faces as a political statement. The volunteer for The DC Center for the LGBT Community was angry over the position conservatives, including Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, had taken on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In court documents filed Friday, government prosecutors said their sentencing recommendation was based on Corkins' intent. Without Johnson's intervention, the attacker "would have almost certainly succeeded in committing a massacre of epic portions," the filing said.