The man arrested in March for firebombing a Wisconsin pro-life office just days after the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft abortion ruling pleaded guilty on November 20 to a federal charge, CBS News reported.
Madison resident Hridindu Roychowdhry pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin to damaging property with explosives. His sentencing is scheduled for December 1.
Roychowdhry could face up to 20 years in prison, but prosecutors agreed to recommend that the judge reduce his sentence since he accepted responsibility for his crime.
Roychowdhry was accused of breaking a window at the office of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison on May 8, 2022, just six days after Politico published its report on Justice Alito’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
After breaking the window, Roychowdhry threw two Molotov cocktails into the office which set a bookcase ablaze. He then spray-painted the message, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” on the exterior wall of the office.
Investigators pulled DNA belonging to Roychowdhry and two other individuals from the broken window and the remnants of the Molotov cocktails. It is unclear from court records if investigators identified the other two DNA profiles.
Roychowdhry was arrested in March of this year at Boston International Airport where he had a one-way ticket to fly to Guatemala.
The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, which reinstated Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban. However, in August, a Dane County judge ruled that the 1849 ban did not apply to medical abortions.
The leak of Justice Alito’s decision sparked massive protests and acts of vandalism nationwide. Two Colorado Catholic churches were vandalized just days before Roychowdhry fire-bombed Wisconsin Family Action.
Several days after the Madison fire-bombing, someone threw Molotov cocktails into the office of a Salem, Oregon pro-life organization.