Orange County Man Pleads Guilty to Firebombing Planned Parenthood Clinic and Plotting Additional Attacks

An Orange County man, Chance Brannon, has pleaded guilty to firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Costa Mesa and conspiring to carry out similar attacks in Southern California. Brannon, who was an active duty U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time, pleaded guilty to four federal charges, including malicious destruction of property by fire and explosives, possessing an unregistered destructive device, intentional damage to a reproductive health services facility, and conspiracy.

Brannon’s co-defendants, Tibet Ergul of Irvine and Xavier Batten of Brooksville, Florida, have pleaded not guilty to their charges and are scheduled to go to trial in March. According to Brannon’s plea agreement, the three individuals planned to use a Molotov cocktail against various targets, including the office of the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego. Ultimately, they decided to target the Planned Parenthood clinic in Costa Mesa to deter doctors and intimidate pregnant women seeking abortions.

On March 13, 2022, Brannon and Ergul threw the incendiary weapon at the clinic, causing noticeable damage. Authorities allege that Brannon continued to conspire to target additional locations, including a second Planned Parenthood clinic and the Dodgers’ LGBTQ+ Pride Night. He also discussed plans to disrupt Orange County’s power grid by damaging a utility substation, with the intention of starting a “race war,” according to the plea agreement.

U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada described Brannon as an example of the insidious danger posed by domestic extremism. Brannon was arrested in June and has been in federal custody since then. His sentencing is scheduled for April 15, and he faces a maximum sentence of 51 years in prison.

Brannon’s attorney, Kate Corrigan, stated that he is a young man who has made mistakes and is looking forward to closing this chapter in his life.


Author: CrimeDoor

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