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Plano bombing suspect pleads guilty again

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PLANO, Texas -

The man who planted a bomb near a natural gas regulator in Plano two years ago has again pleaded guilty.

Anson Chi, 35, withdrew an earlier plea and demanded a trial. But at the end of his first day in court he entered a guilty plea for to two federal charges including possessing an unregistered explosive device and maliciously using an explosive device.

Prosecutors said Chi had strong anti-government views and put the homemade bomb on an above-ground line near his parent's home in 2012. He was nearly killed when it went off early.

They introduced damaging evidence including 76 pages of correspondence between him and Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber.

At one point, he wrote to Kaczynski about a website that he was planning, saying, “First, the website will be easy to get up and running, but before I go into details, will you assist me by contacting those who you know are ‘serious’ about taking down the technoindustrial system?”

One of the last letters exchanged between the two was from Kaczynski, who wrote to Chi, “I never even bothered to glance through the proposed website material that you sent me with your letter of November 9, 2011, because by that time it was obvious that you were hopelessly irrational – a real screwball."

The judge will issue Chi's sentence.

His first plea deal was for 22 years in prison. This time around he could get between five and 30 years.

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