Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2012 / 08:30 am
A federal grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Virginia man for "committing an act of terrorism" in connection with the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., this summer.
Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, said the indictment "makes clear that acts of violence designed to intimidate and silence those who support natural marriage and traditional morality violate the law and undermine the security and stability of our form of government."
He noted that the Oct. 24 decision was the first indictment under Washington, D.C.'s anti-terrorism statute, which was put in place 10 years ago and carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison.
On the morning of Aug. 15, Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., walked into the D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council and made a statement about disliking the group's politics before opening fire, according to police.