UPDATE: 11-Year Sentence for Planned Parenthood Fire

UPDATED Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 9:40 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A man convicted of setting a fire at a Planned Parenthood building in Grand Chute has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Francis Grady apologized to employees at Planned Parenthood before he was sentenced in federal court in Green Bay Thursday.

Grady was convicted of arson last summer and told investigators that voices of children in his head told him to start the fire. Abortions are performed at the Grand Chute facility. He said he used a hammer to break a window at the clinic, then poured gas from a plastic bottle and used a lighter to ignite a small fire.

No one was injured in the fire last April.

Grady could have gone to prison for 21 years. His defense attorney argued for a lesser sentence, citing Grady's history of alcohol abuse and mental illness.


Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

UPDATED Monday, July 9, 2012 --- 7:42 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Grand Chute man is found guilty in connection with an April fire at a Planned Parenthood facility.

WBAY-TV reports that a federal jury convicted Francis Grady on charges of arson and damage to property on Monday after roughly 30 minutes of deliberation.

During his testimony, Grady said he didn't mean to burn down the building, but wanted to "release the children."

He said when he lit the building on fire, he "saw souls coming out of the windows."

Grady's attorney says his client didn't set the fire maliciously.

After his arrest, Grady told investigators he broke the clinic window with a hammer, poured gasoline inside, and lit it.

No one was hurt in the April 1 fire.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Friday, June 29, 2012 --- 7:30 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Trial arrangements are set for the man accused of setting a fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Green Bay nearly three months ago.

Francis Gerald Grady is charged with arson and damaging a reproductive-health facility. His trial is set to begin July 9.

At a pretrial hearing Thursday, both sides agreed he could attend the trial unshackled and in civilian clothing.

The government says it plans to play a video of Grady acknowledging his guilt to investigators. Grady allegedly told investigators he broke the clinic window, poured gasoline inside and lit the fluid.

At an April hearing Grady initially said he planned to plead guilty. But in a handwritten letter dated June 16, he said he would plead guilty to breaking the window but not to arson.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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