PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – The man who pleaded guilty to attempting to blow up a natural gas line in Plano is scheduled to be back in court on Wednesday afternoon. Anson Chi had agreed to serve 22 years behind bars, but that prison sentence has not been imposed by a federal judge.
Chi now wants to withdraw his guilty plea.
The suspect had first agreed to plead guilty to two of the charges against him — possessing a destructive device and attempting to blow up a pipeline in Plano. Law enforcement officials said that he placed a bottle of explosive metal nitrate on top of a natural gas main on Parker Road. Authorities believe that Chi made the device at home, while living with his parents.
During past court hearings, some people described Chi as an anti-government zealot with anger issues. But a psychiatric evaluation in December 2012 indicated that he did not have any mental illness.
There will be another hearing for Chi at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday in Plano, where he will request to withdraw his guilty plea.
In his handwritten motion, Chi did not explain the reason for his change of heart. It is not known if an explanation will be given when he returns to the courtroom on Wednesday afternoon.
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