Floyd Lee Corkins II, 29, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday as a result of his attack on a conservative Christian lobbying group based in Washington DC.
Prosecutors had requested Corkins receive a 45-year prison sentence after being convicted of terrorism under D.C.'s 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act. Corkins' attorney countered that with an 11 year suggested sentence, on account of Corkins' mental illness. The attorney explained that Corkins had been committed to a mental facility after hearing voices that told him to kill his parents and other conservative Christians, but had been released six months prior to the attack.
In August, 2012, as the president of Chick-fil-A' was coming under criticism for his controversial stance against gay marriage, Corkins tried to kill employees working at the conservative Family Research Council, investigators reported.
"I don't like what they stand for," Corkins was quoted as saying in official court documents.
Corkins was almost successful in his attempt, making it to the lobby of the organization carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a semiautomatic pistol. He hoped to rub the victims face in them, AP news reports.
A security guard thwarted the would-be massacre by wrestling Corkins to the ground, but was shot in the arm during the altercation.
Prosecutors regarded Corkins actions and attitude over the whole ordeal as the "ultimate disrespect for free speech."