Floyd Lee Corkins II, previously arrested for opening fire inside Family Research Council bldg. in Washington, D.C., newly charged with committing an act of terrorism, federal prosecutors say

10:02 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
the FBI is collecting evidence at Family Research Council where a longtime security guard was shot (photo by Peggy Fox @PeggyTV via Twitter)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia man accused of shooting a security guard inside the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group has been charged with committing an act of terrorism.

Federal prosecutors announced a series of new charges Wednesday against Floyd Lee Corkins II, who was arrested two months ago and accused of opening fire inside the Family Research Council building.


Prosecutors say it's the first time they've charged someone with committing an act of terrorism since the District of Columbia's Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002.

The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Corkins told the guard, Leo Johnson, that he didn't like the organization's politics before opening fire. Johnson survived the shooting and helped wrestle away the gun.

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