Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Anson Chi of Plano pleads guilty to attempted pipeline bombing
The bombing took place in June 2012.
PLANO A 33-year-old Plano man has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to an incident in June 2012 that saw him attempt to blow up a gas line with an explosive device.
Anson Chi will serve 22 years for possession of an unregistered firearm or explosive device and malicious use of explosive material. He entered his plea Monday in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell.
According to information presented in court, on June 18, 2012, Chi used his homemade explosive device to damage an Atmos Energy pipeline in the 3600 block of Parker Road in Plano. Chi admitted he intended for the explosion to damage the pipeline and disrupt the flow of natural gas.
The explosion critically injured Chi, who was taken to Medical Center Plano after being found at the scene of the incident. Once he was positively identified, Plano PD detectives and FBI agents went to the house Chi lived at with his mother and father in the 3200 block of Anchor Drive. After obtaining verbal consent to search the premises, officers found a number of items in Chi's bedroom, which led them to believe he was responsible for creating the explosive device.
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