Ex-Army hospital worker to pay $3.4M to boss he set on fire

Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.


By AMY RENEE LEIKER | The Wichita Eagle | Published: November 2, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (Tribune News Service) — An ex-Army hospital employee who set his boss on fire last year will spend 20 years in federal prison, a judge decided Thursday. The man, Clifford Currie, also was ordered to pay more than $3.4 million to the woman he attacked, Lt. Katie Ann Blanchard, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.

Currie, 55, in August was convicted of one count of assault with the intent to commit murder in connection with the Sept. 7, 2016, attack. Prosecutors say Currie was working in a civilian position at the Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth when he threw a flammable liquid or gasoline on Blanchard and ignited it. He also attacked Blanchard, who was his supervisor, with a straight-edge razor and scissors.

The attack took place in Blanchard’s office at the medical center, 550 Pope Ave., according to court documents.

A co-worker ran to Blanchard’s aid when she heard her screaming and noticed flames on her body from the chest up. Hospital workers subdued Currie until he could be arrested by military police.

Currie received the maximum prison sentence he could for the attack, Beall said. He will be supervised for three years after he is released, Beall said.

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