Ben Johnson


Government: Family Research Council shooter should get 45 years in prison

Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2013 ( – Federal prosecutors are asking Floyd Lee Corkins II serve 45 years in prison for his planned shooting rampage at the Family Research Council last summer.

Corkins, who volunteered for an LGBT community center in Virginia, entered the building on August 15 with nearly 100 rounds of ammunition, 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and a list of four socially conservative “hate groups.”

In a videotaped confession, Corkins explained his had planned to "kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-fil-A sandwiches in victims' faces, and kill the guard." He hoped the shooting would "make a statement against the people who work in that building...and with their stance against gay rights and [for] Chick-fil-A."

In the filing, prosecutors said without the action of FRC employee Leo Johnson, Corkins "would have almost certainly succeeded in committing a massacre of epic portions."

They wrote, “Although the defendant largely failed to bring about the violence he sought, he was still able to accomplish one of his objectives — that is, to use acts of violence to terrorize and intimidate those within the District of Columbia and the United States who did not share his political beliefs and views.”

In February, Corkins reversed his not guilty plea and confessed to three charges: one count of committing an act of terrorism with the intent to kill, one count of intent to kill while armed, and one federal count of crossing state lines with guns and ammunition. Seven additional charges were dropped.

He had faced a maximum sentence of 70 years. Judge Richard W. Roberts will sentence Johnson next Monday, April 29.

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Corkins said he used the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to identify his list of “hate groups,” which has not been released.

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition learned her organization was one of the four groups listed, but she told the Obama administration made no effort to defend TVC against copycat shooters.

“I think Christians need to wake up,” Lafferty told “We have a government that does not believe they need to protect us.” 

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