Francis Grady was found guilty of federal arson for trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin.
The jury deliberated for only thirty-minutes before reaching a verdict.
During his testimony Grady admitted to setting the fire so he could “release the souls of the children” killed through abortions. Grady also testified that he had thought of “those poor children for years” but insisted the decision to set the fire was spur-of-the-moment after an afternoon of drinking with a friend.
That friend, Daniel Wolf, later testified that while the two were drinking Grady mentioned wanting to blow up Planned Parenthood. Wolf testified this was out oc character for Grady who had never before mentioned Planned Parenthood or an anti-choice agenda. Wolf testified that Grady tried to take a gas can from his garage before leaving his house, but Wolf removed the can from Grady’s van.
The next day Wolf called the Grand Chute police after seeing media coverage of the Planned Parenthood fire.
Grady faces sentencing in the fall and faces up to 21 years in prison.
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