Floyd Corkins II, 28, acknowledged in a plea agreement that he intended to shoot and kill as many people as possible at the Family Research Council headquarters and then target other advocacy groups that oppose gay marriage if he wasn't stopped.
Corkins intended to smear the sandwiches in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents, a prosecutor said during a hearing in the case Wednesday. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president's opposition to gay marriage.
When asked by the judge if he intended to make a statement against people who opposed gay rights Corkins answered "yes."
Prosecutors said Corkins was allowed to enter the downtown headquarters of the Family Research Council on Aug. 15 after he said he was interviewing for an internship. After approaching a security guard and being asked for identification, he took a pistol from a backpack he was carrying. He fired three shots, and one of them struck the security guard in the arm. But the guard, Leonardo Johnson, managed to wrestle away the gun.
Corkins pleaded guilty to three charges: interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with intent to kill while armed and act of terrorism while armed. Sentencing guidelines recommend a maximum of 10 years on the first count and up to 15 years on the two other counts.
The judge in the case, Richard W. Roberts, set sentencing for April 29.