Anson Chi Pleads Guilty to Trying to Blow Up Plano Gas Pipeline, Will Spend 22 Years in Prison

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Not long ago, there was some discussion of whether Anson Chi, at that point the otherwise undistinguished author of a remarkably terrible novel (Yellow on the Outside Shame on the Inside: Asian Culture Revealed) really merited his own Wikipedia page. But then, in June 2012, he tried to blow up a natural gas main in Plano, effectively ending the discussion.

As recently as last month, he filed documents in federal court denying that he'd done anything of the sort, though a federal judge long ago determined there was enough evidence (bomb-making books; an expressed wish to be an "actual activist" instead of an "armchair" one; his father's obvious fear of his son) to keep him in prison pending a trial. Meanwhile, the media pored over his trail of web postings, noting his disdain for federal income taxes, a kinship with the sovereign citizen movement, and his fondness for Ron Paul.

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Now, Chi has changed his tune. He appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to possessing a homemade bomb and trying to blow up the pipeline. Under his agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, the 34-year-old will serve 22 years in prison. In exchange, a third count against Chi -- carrying a destructive device during a crime of violence -- will be dismissed, according to the Morning News, which also noted that Chi "spoke clearly and articulately." That sentence carried a minimum 30 years in prison.

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porkrod69
porkrod69

This literally was my next door neighbor.  I'm glad he spared his family the expense of the trial, and that he plead guilty.  I hope he doesn't get out before 10 years...  22 to 25 was our hope.  Do federal prisons release early? (relieved in Plano)

Shamelessbrewer
Shamelessbrewer

Why do some pictures show the accused wearing a towel around their necks?  I've failed in my attempt to find an answer on Google.

RJDallas
RJDallas

Too bad the guy is not from Highland Park, then maybe all he would have to do is go to rehab.

B1ng
B1ng

Defense lawyers were arguing that visible clothing led to misidentification, and the quality (or lack of) of clothing could bias a witness.

anneDallas
anneDallas

Collin County does that for their mugshots. Other law enforcement agencies may use the towel cowl as well, but Collin County is pretty well known for the practice.

porkrod69
porkrod69

@Shamelessbrewer @anneDallas so when a witness is looking at a mugshot lineup, they are not focused on the clothing, but the face. Truth is---we're all looking at the damn towel!


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