25-year sentence in Family Research Council shooting


(CNN) — The Virginia man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Family Research Council employee last year was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.

Floyd Corkins has said he disagreed with the Family Research Council’s stance against gay marriage.

The shooting took place at the conservative policy group’s office in Washington. The research council, a Christian group that focuses on family, anti-abortion and religious liberty issues, views homosexuality as harmful.

Before sentencing, Corkins expressed remorse to building manager Leo Johnson, who Corkins shot in the arm. “I realize resorting to violence to achieve political ends is never OK,” Corkins said.

Johnson, who struggled with Corkins and disarmed him, also spoke before the sentencing. “I forgive you but I do not forget,” he said. “If you believe in God you should pray to him every day because not only did God save my life that day, he saved yours, too.”

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