(USNewsMag.com) – On Nov. 30, former U.S. Marine Chance Brannon, 24, pleaded guilty to charges of firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California in 2022. Brannon, who has been in custody for six months, pleaded guilty to four felony counts.
The charges included malicious destruction of property by explosives and fire, conspiracy, and possession of an unregistered destructive device. The charges also included violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act by causing damage to a reproductive health services facility intentionally.
The Costa Mesa Planned Parenthood clinic was bombed on March 13, 2022. At the time of the bombing, Brannon, from San Juan Capistrano, California, was an active-duty Marine who was stationed at Camp Pendleton. According to surveillance footage, Brannon and another individual threw a Molotov cocktail at the clinic’s front door.
The individuals threw the Molotov cocktail at the entrance of the clinic in hopes it would scare pregnant women, intimidate abortion providers into not offering the procedure, and encourage similar acts of violence, according to the Department of Justice.
According to his plea agreement, Brannon and two other individuals conspired to destroy commercial property by using an explosive device.
In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Brannon had also made plans for additional attacks on an LGBTQ pride night event at Dodger Stadium and an Edison substation in Southern California. After the U.S. Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, he made plans for an attack on another Planned Parenthood clinic.
The two co-defendants, Xavier Batten, 21, of Brooksville, Florida, and Tibet Ergul, 22, of Irvine, California, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Their trial is scheduled to begin in March.
Brannon stated that he and Ergul had talked about starting a “race war” by knocking out the power in Orange County. Brannon had a USB drive disguised as a military necklace that featured the Marine Corps motto. The USB drive contained details of the plans for future attacks.
Brannon’s sentencing is scheduled for April. He could face decades in prison.
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