Man admits he planned to bomb abortion clinic


October 28, 2006|By Matthew Dolan

A would-be abortion clinic bomber admitted his guilt in a federal court in Greenbelt yesterday as part of an agreement that could send him to prison for five years.

Robert F. Weiler Jr., 25, of Forestville pleaded guilty to possessing a pipe bomb, being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to destroy or damage an abortion clinic.

Agents arrested Weiler at a rest stop in Western Maryland with a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun. He had been prohibited from possessing a gun after a 2003 conviction in Utah state court for obstructing police. A pipe bomb had been found in a closet in a house in Riverdale.

Weiler told agents that he had planned to use the pipe bomb to blow up an abortion clinic in the Greenbelt area and that he was going to use the gun to shoot doctors who provided abortions. The bomb was a 1-inch-diameter galvanized pipe filled with black powder.

Weiler faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison but pleaded guilty in exchange for a recommendation for five years in prison. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow scheduled his sentencing for Dec. 18.

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