Man indicted in alleged plot to attack abortion clinic

June 20, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

A Prince George's County man who authorities allege was planning an attack on a College Park abortion clinic was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Greenbelt on weapon and bomb-manufacturing charges, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced.

The defendant, Robert F. Weiler, 25, of Forestville surrendered to police June 8 in Western Maryland.

Hours later, an explosive that Weiler had left in the closet of a friend's home in Riverdale was detonated by a bomb squad, authorities have said.

According to a criminal complaint filed that day, Weiler stole money from his parents and told associates that he had purchased a firearm and constructed a bomb that he planned to use in an attack on an abortion clinic. As the investigation was under way, Weiler contacted law enforcement agents to arrange his surrender at a rest stop in Western Maryland.

He was indicted on charges of possessing and making an unregistered destructive device, illegally possessing a firearm, and possessing a stolen firearm, federal prosecutors said.

The maximum penalty for each of the counts is 10 years in prison. The counts relating to the destructive device carry a fine of $10,000, and the gun counts carry a fine of $250,000.

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