A federal court in Prince George's County, Maryland, sentenced a 26-year-old man to five years in prison for plotting to blow up a Maryland clinic that provided abortions and to shoot the people inside.
Robert F. Weiler, Jr., of Forestville, was sentenced on December 18, 2006, after pleading guilty to possessing a pipe bomb, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and attempting to destroy or damage an abortion clinic.
Weiler, who wore an anti-abortion T-shirt during a previous court appearance, was arrested in June, after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received information from his father about his intentions. Agents contacted Weiler by telephone while he was at a rest stop in western Maryland. Weiler said that he wanted to surrender and told the agents where he had hidden the pipe bomb.
When agents arrested Weiler at the rest stop, they found a loaded handgun in the car he had been driving. Federal agents and Prince George's County officers recovered the homemade pipe bomb at the location Weiler disclosed.
A prior felony conviction in Utah in 2003 for stealing gasoline and attempting to elude authorities made it a crime for Weiler to possess a firearm.