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Man gets eight months' time served for death threats to Syracuse VA

By JULIE MCMAHON | Syracuse Media Group | Published: November 9, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — A Syracuse man was sentenced this week to about eight months of time served in prison for threatening to kill Veterans Affairs Hospital employees.

Mark Sweeney, 61, previously admitted to calling a crisis hotline in February 2019 and threatening to “take out” four people who had helped him with treatment that day. Sweeney told an operator he had a plan and means to to do so.

Sweeney had called to complain about a provider who wouldn’t prescribe the medication he wanted for dental pain, prosecutors wrote in court filings.

He pleaded guilty to making threats against federal employees. He faced up to 10 years in prison on the charge.

U.S. District Judge David Hurd yesterday sentenced Sweeney to 252 days in prison, which he had already served as he awaited the outcome of his case. Hurd ordered Sweeney not to contact his victims, and put him on post-trial supervision.

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