(Man, that's some hard-living 41-year-old.)
Authorities arrested an Alabama man Thursday on federal charges of setting a New Year's fire that gutted a Florida Panhandle abortion clinic long targeted by violence and protests.
Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, of Tuscaloosa was charged with violating federal explosives laws and is being held at the Escambia County Jail pending indictment, the state fire marshal's office said. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
The office said tips from the Pensacola community led to Rogers' arrest.
This clinic has been the site of two murders and a bombing.
July 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot to death outside another facility in Pensacola. Rev. Paul Jennings Hill was charged with the killings. Hill received a death sentence and was executed on September 3, 2003.
December 25, 1984: An abortion clinic and two physicians' offices in Pensacola, Florida were bombed in the early morning of Christmas Day by a quartet of young people (Matt Goldsby, Jimmy Simmons, Kathy Simmons, Kaye Wiggins) who later called the bombings "a gift to Jesus on his birthday."
Good on the people of Pensacola (aka, to anyone who's been there, 'Asshole of Florida') for turning him in.
And good on the cops for quick work.
These terrists need to know they're going to get caught.
UPDATE: Domestic terrorist's motivation:
Authorities say a homeless man charged Thursday with setting a New Year's Day fire that gutted a family planning clinic told investigators he acted out of a strong disbelief in abortion and was also fueled by seeing a young woman enter the clinic while he looked on recently with protesters.
'Protesters', aka 'clinic harassers', aka 'terrorism enablers'.