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Wisconsin man pleads guilty to firebombing pro-life group’s office

  • Hridindu Roychoudhury, 29, of Madison, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to firebombing the offices of a local pro-life organization.
  • Roychoudhury admitted to throwing two Molotov cocktails through the window of Wisconsin Family Action’s office shortly after the draft opinion was released. Roe vs. Wade‘s impending reversal has been leaked.
  • Roychoudhury also admitted scrawling on the building’s exterior the words, “If abortion is not safe, you are not safe.”

A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Friday to firebombing the offices of a prominent anti-abortion group last year.

Hridindu Roychoudhury, 29, appeared on the Wisconsin Family on May 8, 2022, less than a week after the leak of a draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court intended to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Roe case. Admitted to throwing two Molotov cocktails out of the window of Action’s Madison office. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

One of the Molotov cocktails thrown into the office did not ignite. Another person set fire to a bookshelf. Roychoudhury also admitted spray-painting a message on the outside of the building that read, “If Abortion Isn’t Safe, You’re Not Safe.” No one was in the office at the time.

Wisconsin man agrees to plead guilty to arson attack on pro-life organization office

Investigators linked Roychoudhury to the incendiary bombing in January when police assigned to the state Capitol in Madison reviewed surveillance footage from protests against police brutality. Video showed several people spray-painting graffiti on the Capitol grounds similar to the message left at the Wisconsin Family Action office. The footage also showed the two leaving the area in a pickup truck that investigators tracked to Roychoudhury’s home in Madison.

On May 8, 2022, damage is seen inside the Wisconsin Family Action Center in Madison, Wisconsin. (Alex Schull/Wisconsin State Journal, via AP, File)

Police began tracking Roychoudhury and extracted DNA from a half-eaten burrito he had dumped in a park-and-ride parking lot in March. The DNA sample matched that taken at the incendiary bombing site. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, police arrested Roychoudhry at the Boston Airport on March 28, after he had booked a one-way ticket to Guatemala City, Guatemala.

DNA from half-eaten burrito linked to former Wisconsin doctoral student and pro-life center firebomb attack

Roychoudhury signed a plea deal with prosecutors last month agreeing to a federal charge of criminal damage to property with an explosive device. U.S. District Judge William Conley approved the agreement during a hearing Friday.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but prosecutors agreed with Judge Conley to reduce his sentence because he acknowledged his criminal responsibility. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for February 14th.

Roychoudhury’s lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday.

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“We are deeply grateful to our local and federal law enforcement partners for their dedication and persistence in solving this crime,” U.S. Attorney Timothy O’Shea said in a statement. “Arson and other acts of domestic terrorism are punishable crimes and have no place in a healthy democracy.”

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