A 45-year sentence is being sought by prosecutors in the case of Floyd Corkins II from Virginia, who shot a security guard, Leo Johnson, in the arm when he stopped him from entering the building housing the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Back inin August 2012, Corkins allegedly came into the building in order to attack and kill as many people as he could.
Corkins, 28, who was subdued by the security guard, even though Johnson he had been shot in the arm, told police after his arrest that he intended to shoot as many people as possible and smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which he was carrying in his backpack, into their faces.
Police found 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches and almost 100 rounds of ammunition in Corkins’ backpack and he apparently told them he was going to commit the crime as a political statement.
Corkins, a volunteer worker for the Lesbian, Gay, Bis**ual and Transgender (LGBT) office in Washington, D.C., said he was angry about the opposition Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, had shown with regards to gay marriage, along with others.
Prosecutors now seek a 45-year sentence for Corkins based on his intent to carry out these actions, according to documents filed in court. The filing says that if Johnson had not intervened and stopped Corkins he “would have almost certainly succeeded in committing a massacre of epic portions.”
The reason Corkins chose to attack the Family Research Council is that it also opposes gay marriages. Apparently, Corkins is not in agreement with the group’s position, which has inspired him to kill.
Corkins allegedly told authorities his original intention was to plant a bomb, but he decided not to do that because he didn’t have the patience to make it. Corkins also told investigators that he privately trained to shoot, the night before the attack, with a gun he bought the previous week in Virginia. Virginia’s loose gun laws attract criminals from other states seeking to commit gun-related crimes.
Corkins also stated that, had he not been caught, his intention was to go on to other organizations opposing gay marriages, and continue the shooting rampage. He was carrying a list of four organizations when he was arrested, along with a Bible verse.
The Bible verse, that Corkins was carrying read, “With God all things are possible.”
Apparently during the time of Corkins’ attempted attack, about 50 people were working at the Family Research Council.
Corkins pleaded guilty to: Interstate transportation of a firearm, assault with intent to kill while armed and committing an act of terrorism while armed. His defense attorneys asked the court for time to research his mental health.