Man Admits Abortion Clinic Bomb Attempt
Friday, July 27, 2007; 10:01 PM
AUSTIN, Texas -- A man accused of trying to bomb a clinic where abortions are performed pleaded guilty Friday to attempted use of a destructive device.
Paul Ross Evans, 27, remains in federal custody awaiting sentencing and faces up to 40 years in federal prison under the plea agreement.
He was arrested in April after a makeshift bomb was found in the parking lot of the Austin Women's Health Center. A bomb squad disposed of the device, which contained two pounds of nails. There were no injuries.
Evans' attorney did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press for comment Friday.
As part of the guilty plea, Evans admitted that on April 24 he bought materials for the bomb at a hardware store in Lufkin and at another store in Austin.
The next day, he placed the bomb in the parking lot near the women's clinic entrance and activated the timer, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said.
The homemade bomb did not detonate because the triggering wire did not make contact with the explosive material, investigators found. Police took the device after receiving a call about a suspicious package.
Authorities arrested Evans two days after the bomb was discovered. He was indicted on multiple charges by a federal grand jury in May and could have faced a maximum of life in prison if convicted on all counts.