Syracuse man arrested on threats to kill employees at Syracuse VA Hospital
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
Mark W. Sweeney of Syracuse appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse on charges that he allegedly threatened to kill employees of the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital, said United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Chief Thomas Martin of the Department of Veterans Affairs Police in Syracuse.
According to the Complaint, Sweeney, 60, allegedly called into a Veterans Crisis Line and made several threatening statements directed toward VA hospital staff, including that he intended to kill multiple people and had a plan and the means to do so.
The charge in the complaint filed against Sweeney carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.
This case is being investigated by the Veterans Affairs Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian.