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Fort Leavenworth hospital employee guilty of setting boss on fire

By TONY RIZZO | The Kansas City Star (Tribune News Service) | Published: August 8, 2017

A former Army hospital employee at Fort Leavenworth was found guilty Monday of setting his supervisor on fire in an attempt to kill her.

A federal court jury in Kansas City, Kan., found Clifford D. Currie, 55, guilty in the September 2016 attack on First Lt. Katie Blanchard, who suffered severe burns to her head, face, upper torso and arms.

Currie, a civilian employee of the hospital, was convicted on a charge of assault with the intent to commit murder.

The attack occurred last Sept. 7 in Blanchard’s office at the Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth.

Currie brought a water bottle full of gasoline with him that day. He doused her with the gas and used a match to set her on fire. Currie also attacked her with a razor, a pair of scissors and stomped on her throat, before other employees were able to subdue him.

The attempted murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 31

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