Floyd Lee Corkins II sentenced to 25 years for shooting security guard at Family Research Council in DC

12:03 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
The media gathered outside the home of shooting suspect Floyd Corkins in Herndon, Va.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The man who shot a security guard at the Family Research Council building last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Twenty-nine-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins, II, was sentenced Thursday in the August 15, 2012 shooting of a security guard Leonardo Johnson at the Family Research Council in D.C. After serving prison time, Corkins will be placed on five years of supervised release.

Corkins, who is from Herndon, Va., pleaded guilty in February 2013 to charges of committing an act of terrorism while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.

Corkins was the first defendant to be charged with and to be convicted of committing an act of terrorism under a provision of the District of Columbia's Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. That covers criminal actions committed with the intent to "intimidate or coerce a significant portion of the civilian population of the District of Columbia or the United States," according to Department of Justice officials.

Corkins entered the FRC office on G Street NW by saying  he was there for an interview as a prospective intern. Corkins then went up to the receptionist desk and retrieved a firearm from his backpack. Authorities say Johnson charged Corkins, they struggled and Corkins fired three times, hitting Johnson in the arm. Johnson, was still able to force Corkins to the ground.

Johnson underwent emergency surgery. He had metal plates inserted into his left arm so that shattered bones could heal. Bullet fragments remain in his arms.

According to a statement of offense, Corkins targeted the FRC because of its views, including its advocacy against recognition of gay marriage, and that day he intended to kill as many FRC workers as possible.  He even rehearsed his trip to FRC and practiced shooting the night before the FRC shooting, according to authorities. He later told FBI officials that 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches found in his backpack were going to be used to smother into the faces of the people he had killed. He told FBI agents, "Chick-fil-A came out against gay marriage so I was going to use that as a statement."

Two fully loaded magazine clips, a Metro card and a handwritten list containing the names of the Family Research Council and three other organizations that openly identify themselves as having socially conservative agendas and a box of 50 rounds of 9 mm ammunition were also found either on Corkin or in his backpack.

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