The phrase “Deus Vult” in red spray paint on a Newark Planned Parenthood facility.
Courtesy of the Delaware Attorney General / THE REVIEW

Senior reporter

Middletown-based Samuel Gulick, 19, pleaded guilty to federal court on February 11 for setting fire to a location in Newark Planned Parenthood last year.

On January 3, 2020, Gulick drove to the Newark planned parenting facility and was seen being video-monitored spraying the words “Deus Vult” in red letters on the front of the building.

The phrase “Deus Vult”, an old battle cry of the Crusades, which means “God wills it”, became increasingly popular in old-right circles after the election of former President Donald Trump in 2016.

Gulick then stepped from the porch, lit an object – later identified as a Molotov cocktail – and threw it against the building’s front window. The object exploded and Gulick fled the scene.

According to court records, the fire burned for a minute before extinguishing on its own.

Gulick pleaded guilty to deliberately damaging a reproductive health service facility and possession of an unregistered destructive device. A third charge of malicious damage to a building used in interstate commerce has been dropped.

Gulick may face 11 years’ imprisonment and a $ 250,000 fine. He will be sentenced on June 2nd. He agreed to plead for no less than two years in prison. In addition, Gulick agreed to repay $ 17,000 to Planned Parenthood and permanently surrender an AR-15 rifle and ammunition that were confiscated upon arrest.