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Chick-Fil-A-Toting Gunman Pleads Guilty

Floyd Corkins shot guard at conservative group over gay rights

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 6, 2013 12:46 PM CST

(Newser) – A Virginia man who shot and wounded a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council has pleaded guilty to three felony charges—including committing an act of terrorism, reports CNN. Floyd Corkins, 28, still faces up to 45 years in jail for the assault in DC last August. If it rings a bell, it's because Corkins was carrying more than a dozen bags of sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A, whose president had made headlines around the same time for anti-gay statements.

Prosecutors say Corkins, 28, planned to shoot as many people as he could at the council, then smear their faces with the sandwiches, reports the AP. He told the judge today that he hoped his assault would intimidate opponents of gay rights. Luckily, the security guard who stopped Corkins managed to wrestle away his 9mm handgun even after getting shot. Corkins pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed, and committing an act of terrorism while armed.

Washington police and FBI agents gather outside the Family Research Council in Washington on Aug. 15, 2012, after a security guard got shot.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A frame grab of Floyd Corkins after the shooting, from a YouTube video by MyFoxDC.   (YouTube)
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