Federal prosecutors announced that a former Marine admitted to a 2022 attack against a Planned Parenthood Clinic in California.
Officials said that Chance Brannon, 24, was one of three men who were charged with the Molotov Cocktail attack in Costa Mesa. The incident occurred when Brannon was a Marine on active duty stationed in Camp Pendleton.
The incident occurred on March 13, 2022 in the early hours of the morning, when nobody was around. The clinic had to cancel about 30 appointments because the front entrance was damaged by burns.
Brannon was accused of discussing other attacks that were never carried out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Central California.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated in a press release that Brannon, along with another person charged, “discussed causing a race-war” by attacking an electrical substation.
Brannon had also a rifle that bore a Cyrillic racial insult and death message, along with a thumbdrive that contained a recording from the white supremacist shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. This is what Brannon admitted to, according to the plea agreement.
In a press release, U.S. attorney Martin Estrada stated that “this defendant is a prime example of the dangers posed by domestic terrorism.”
Brannon has been arrested since June. Both Xavier Batten and Tibet Ergul, both from Florida and California, have pleaded guilty.
Brannon’s lawyer did not respond immediately to a comment request Thursday evening.
Brannon stated in his plea agreement that he and Ergul constructed the Molotov Cocktail, a firebomb in Ergul’s California garage, after Batten showed them how to do it.
Brannon admitted to conspiracy, malicious damage of property through fire and explosives and possession of a destructive device that was not registered, as well as intentional damage of a reproductive services facility.
It said that two counts carried mandatory minimum sentences of 5 years imprisonment.