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Published On: Sat, Sep 21st, 2013

Floyd Lee Corkins, the Family Research Council shooter, sentenced to 25 years

The man who shot a security guard at the Family Research Council last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Floyd CorkinsFloyd Lee Corkins showed up at the FRC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and shot security guard Leo Johnson while trying to enter the building in August 2012.

Corkins was targeting the FRC because of its opposition to gay marriage and the listing on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.

Corkins’ parents told FBI agents that he has “strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner,” the complaint says.

He said he planned to kill as many employees as possible and then smear the sandwiches on their faces as a political statement. His backpack was full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition when he said “I don’t like your politics” and shot the security guard.

At the hearing, Johnson said he forgave Corkins for shooting him and that he could have shot him after wrestling the gun away from him, but God told him not to.

Corkins plead guilty to terrorist charges back in February.

 

August 2012

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