WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A 29-year-old Herndon man will spend 25 years in prison for wanting to kill in his words 'as many people as he could' and smear Chik-fil-A sandwiches on the dead at a conservative Christian lobbying group.
He would have accomplished his goal if it weren't for the bravery of the building manager named Leo Johnson.
In surveillance video, Floyd Corkins enters the Family Research Council building at on G Street N.W., and lies about wanting an internship. When he bends down to open his backpack, that's when Leo Johnson's instinct tells him to stand up.
When he comes around the corner Corkins shoots at Johnson and misses. The second bullet would hit Johnson in the forearm. In a life and death battle that happened in a span of 15-30 seconds, Johnson would be able to wrestle the gun away. Johnson wanted to kill him but "the Lord told me not to. Who was I to take his life?"
In court, Johnson faced his would-be killer and said, "I forgive you for what you did but I will never forget. God not only saved my life but saved your life too."
Corkins also stood up in court and apologized to Johnson and FRC. He said he knows now that it's never okay for violence to achieve a political end.
The judge said, "It was a horrific crime of a long-held plan to commit mass murder." He said violence does not bring about gay rights but in fact opposing sides become more entrenched in their beliefs.
Corkins carried in his back pack on August 15, 2012, 95 bullets for the 80 employees who worked at FRC, along with 15 Chik-Fil-A sandwhiches.
Evidence showed he had planned the attack in advance. He practiced his route to FRC. He purchased his weapon at a Chantilly gun store and went to a firing range.
FRC president, Tony Perkins, said in court, Corkins was a political assassin.
"We are not backing up from our engagement of public policy in DC or anywhere. We are Americans, we have first amendment rights, and those who seek violence to stifle other citizens got a message today and that behavior will not be tolerated in our system."
Corkins defense attorney says Corkins suffers from mental health issues and was under treatment at the time of the shooting. He is expected to continue the treatment in prison.