Floyd Corkins II sentenced to 25 years for attempted mass shooting
Updated: September 19, 2013 - 08:10 pm
WASHINGTON (WJLA) -The man who planned a mass shooting in the headquarters of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday.
Prosecutors asked that Floyd Corkins spend 45 years in prison. But Corkins' lawyer said his client was mentally ill when he entered the Family Research Council building in D.C. and shot and injured a security guard. He says an 11 ½ year sentence is appropriate.
Corkins was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches during the August 2012 shooting. He said he planned to smear them in his victims' faces as a political statement. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president's opposition to gay marriage. The Family Research Council also opposes gay marriage.
"I forgive you, but I do not forget," said Leo Johnson, the guard shot in the incident. "If you believe in God you should pray to Him everyday because not only did God save my life that day, He saved yours too."
Prosecutors replayed Corkins' FBI interview, where he said his plan was to "kill as many people" as he could.
They also showed Corkins buying the weapon days earlier, which just happened to be captured by French TV doing a story on guns.
“A security guard’s heroism is the only thing that prevented Floyd Corkins II from carrying out a mass shooting intended to kill as many people as possible,” said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen in a statement. “Our entire community is thankful to the hero who stood up to this heinous attack."
Throughout the sentencing hearing were many comparisons of what happened at the Navy Yard three days prior, when a mentally deranged gunman killed 12 people.
"We know what many of those families are going through and in fact there are members of our staff that had friends that were at the Navy Yard that were shot and killed on Monday," Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.