Texas man wants to withdraw plea in pipeline blast

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014
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PLANO, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year in a Dallas suburb wants to withdraw that plea.

A hearing Wednesday is scheduled for Anson Chi in a federal court in Plano.

The 34-year-old Plano man had pleaded guilty June 3 to maliciously attempting to destroy an Atmos Energy natural gas pipeline in Plano. He also pleaded guilty to possessing an explosive device not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that Chi would be sentenced to the maximum 22 years in prison, but that sentence hasn't been imposed yet. Chi doesn't explain in his handwritten motion the reason for his change of heart.