Hopefully, you remember the case of the man who planted a bomb outside of an Austin abortion clinic this April. Thankfully, he was yesterday sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Paul Evans, 27, left a nail-packed bomb in the parking lot of the Austin Women’s Health Center on April 25, but it failed to go off.
Prosecutors have not disclosed why he wanted to bomb the clinic, but the Austin American-Statesman said Evans admitted in court on Friday he wanted to harm abortion providers.
“I never meant for anyone, except for the abortionists, to get hurt,” Evans told U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks.
“I obviously have a lot of beliefs and honestly, if I had that day to do over again, I would change everything about it,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Sparks gave Evans the maximum 40-year sentence he faced after pleading guilty to the crime in July in a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Wow. So we don’t know why he wanted to bomb the clinic? Except that he hates “abortionists” and wants to harm them? Yeah, sure seems like a mystery. I guess we’ll never know.
I also really do love the “I would change everything” comment. Does that mean that he would have found a way to make sure that only the “abortionists” were harmed, as he said was his original intent? Or that he would have made sure that the bomb went off? Or that he wasn’t caught?
Forty years is a very long time. I am not personally one who believes in overtly punitive punishment. However, I do think that it’s pretty clear here that Evans does not have an awful lot of remorse. He was also engaging in terrorist activity (more so that most people at Guantanamo . . .), intended to murder dozens of strangers, received a fair and speedy trial and does seem like he holds a high probability of being a violent threat in the future. So yeah, I am in fact pleased that our judicial system is finally taking threats against abortion provider seriously (and I don’t mean that in a “making him an example” sort of way, but a “holding people responsible for their potentially murderous actions” sort of way). And one more dangerous anti-choice nut is off the street. If only proving the violent intent that so many others hold were so easy.