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