Floyd Lee Corkins II, domestic terrorist, was sentenced on September 19 and will serve 25 years in federal prison, according to a report on Breitbart.com.
Corkins, a self-described political activist for gay marriage, had confessed to shooting Family Research Council building manager Leo Johnson, and attempting to murder dozens of people at the FRC. His plan to kill as many FRC staffers as possible and rub Chick-fil-A sandwiches on their faces was thwarted when Johnson, despite his injuries, managed to wrest the firearm from his hand and hold him at bay until police and the FBI arrived. At the time of his arrest, Corkins had a box of 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition in his backpack, along with 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
Corkins’ rancor toward the Washington D.C.-based Family Research Council was due to the conservative Christian organization’s opposition to same-sex marriage and their defense of marriage between one man and one woman.
At the trial, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins made a statement to the court on behalf of the organization:
As the Court knows, Mr. Corkins’ stated intention was to kill as many FRC staff as possible to send a political message. But for Leo’s heroic conduct, and the protective hand of the Lord, this crime might have ended as one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism the District of Columbia has ever seen. Today we are not seeking vengeance, but we do seek justice… Many on our staff and in their families have suffered ongoing emotional and psychological harm and have changed their daily lives in response to the attack. Every day, our staff has to deal with the fact that each of us was a potential victim. The facts show that he planned his attack in great detail and hoped for massive casualties…. prosecutors revealed that Mr. Corkins had obtained our building location from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. He was clearly inspired by the [SPLC]’s labeling of FRC as a “hate group” based on our belief that marriage can only take place between one man and one woman… His goal and that of the SPLC is to silence those with whom they disagree. In a civil society, shutting down debate is not how reasonable people and organizations operate. Intimidating and bullying others shreds the “ordered liberty” of which our Founders wrote and for which they advocated, and places all of us in jeopardy of losing our sacred rights as militant extremists claim the public square exclusively for themselves.
Johnson, who was shot in the arm and faced multiple surgeries, also addressed the defendant during the court proceedings, saying,
“Although I forgive you, I will never forget. I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again.”
Corkins admitted that he had found the FRC offices with the assistance of a “hate map” published by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center. That “hate map,” including directions to the FRC offices, remains on the SPLC website.