LA airport gunman to plead guilty to murderous shooting plot

Suspected LAX gunman Paul Ciancia is seen over view of airport in wake of Nov. 1, 2013 shooting. (CBS News)

LOS ANGELES, Ca (AP) — A gunman who killed a federal airport screening officer, wounded two others and a teacher at Los Angeles International Airport three years ago is scheduled to plead guilty to murder and other counts.

Paul Ciancia is due in U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon to plead guilty to charges that will send him to prison the rest of his life, but spare him a possible death sentence.

Prosecutors say Ciancia left a signed note that said he went to LAX on Nov. 1, 2013 with the goal of killing Transportation Security Administration officers.

He shot officer Gerardo Hernandez at a screening checkpoint 12 times before moving on to shoot others.

Ciancia’s note says he was a “pissed-off patriot” angry with TSA because they treated every American as a terrorist.

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