Guilty Plea Entered In Pro-Life Office Firebombing

Hridindu Roychowdhury has agreed to plead guilty after being arrested for the firebombing of the Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-abortion group, office in 2022. Roychowdhury filed a signed plea agreement in the Western District of Wisconsin. Federal prosecutors have charged him with damaging property with explosives.

Now, he will face up to 20 years in prison for this plea agreement. However, prosecutors will recommend the judge reduce his prison sentence, now that he has agreed to plead guilty. On Dec. 1, a judge will consider his guilty plea at a hearing.

Roychowdhury was arrested in March 2023 for the firebombing of an anti-abortion group in 2022. According to prosecutors, police arrested him at Boston International Airport and found that he had a one-way ticket to Guatemala.

In May 2022, someone broke a window of the Wisconsin Family Action office in Madison. This crime came six days after news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court was going to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Roe vs. Wade allowed for legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.

At the Family Action office, police say that someone through two Molotov cocktails in through the broken window. This set a bookcase on fire. On the wall outside the office, someone also wrote “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” in spray paint.

After being called to the scene of the crime, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. Once the police arrived, they were able to pull three people’s DNA from the scene. This DNA was found on the Molotov cocktails and on the broken window.

Eventually, the police were able to identify one suspect: Roychowdhury. Roychowdhury’s DNA was then matched to one of the suspect profiles after police got DNA from a half-eaten burrito that Roychowdhury threw away.

Once this DNA match was found, the police worked to arrest him in 2023. Thus far, investigators have not clarified if they have identified the other two DNA profiles.

After reports surfaced of the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade, many protests and acts of vandalism spread throughout Wisconsin and the rest of the United States. Molotov cocktails were also thrown into an anti-abortion group’s office outside of Salem, Oregon during this time.

Though the Supreme Court did overturn Roe v. Wade, a Dane County judge in Wisconsin ruled that the 1849 state abortion ban, which became the law again after the court’s ruling, did not apply to medical abortions.

Now, Planned Parenthood has resumed offering abortions in Wisconsin.