Sentencing Delayed in Family Research Council Shooting
A U.S. District Court judge rescheduled the sentencing of Floyd Lee Corkins II, the Virginia man who pleaded guilty in February of attempting to commit a mass shooting at the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC), a conservative Christian organization and lobbying group.
Corkins, of Herndon, Va., pleaded guilty to committing an act of terrorism while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition for the shooting attempt, during which he injured security guard Leonardo Reno ’’Leo’’ Johnson of Washington. Corkins is the first defendant to be charged and convicted under the District of Columbia’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002, which prosecutes actions committed with the intent to ’’intimidate or coerce a significant population of the District of Columbia or the United States.’’
Corkins remains held without bond as he awaits sentencing, which has been rescheduled to July 15.
At Monday’s status hearing at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Richard Roberts heard a motion from Corkins’s defense attorney, David Bos, calling for an order that would authorize the probation office to release records related to Corkins’s mental health by May 2. According to a sentencing memorandum submitted by the government April 19, Corkins has been receiving ongoing mental health treatment, which includes prescription medications and periodic counseling sessions.
’’Although the defendant appears to suffer from bouts of severe depression and unidentified ’psychosis,’ there is absolutely nothing to indicate that the defendant did not fully comprehend what he was planning and sought to accomplish in the shooting perpetrated at the FRC,’’ prosecutors argued in the sentencing memorandum. ’’Instead, the detailed nature of his planning and execution reveal the deliberate and clear-headed manner in which the defendant acted in this case.’’
Corkins, who briefly served as a volunteer receptionist at The DC Center, the city’s LGBT community center, purchased a semiautomatic pistol that he later converted from a 22-caliber pistol into a 9-millimeter firearm, and planned his trip to FRC headquarters.