A federal judge has ruled that the Plano man accused of plotting to blow up a gas line is competent to stand trial.

Anson Chi appeared in court Monday morning for a pretrial hearing. His attorney, Dallas-based Brook Busbee, requested a psychiatric evaluation be conducted. The results found that Chi is competent to stand trial and would understand the proceedings.

Busbee had no comment following the hearing; neither did family members who were in the courtroom.

Chi, 34, was charged with possession of an illegal explosive, malicious use of explosive materials and using or carrying a destructive device during a crime. He was seriously injured in June of last year, when police say a homemade explosive blew up along West Parker Road in Plano.

When authorities searched his home, they found several weapons, chemicals and other items.

Authorities described Chi as an anarchist with anti-government views. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

Chi is due back in court on May 31.


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