Plano man withdraws guilty plea in pipeline blast

Anson Chi

Credit: Collin County Jail

Anson Chi is accused of trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline in Plano with a homemade bomb in 2013.

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 9:48 PM

PLANO  (AP) — A federal judge has let a North Texas man withdraw his guilty plea to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year.

U.S. District Judge Richard Schell permitted Anson Chi  to withdraw his plea Wednesday at a court hearing in Plano. That's after he let the 34-year-old Plano man fire his legal team and represent himself.

However, Schell also warned Chi that representing himself at trial could make it more likely that he will be convicted and sentenced to up to life imprisonment. Another hearing is scheduled for April 7.

Chi had pleaded guilty June 3 to maliciously attempting to destroy an Atmos Energy natural gas pipeline in Plano and illegally possessing an explosive device.

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