A Syracuse man appeared in U.S. District Court on Friday on charges that he threatened to kill employees of the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital.
Mark Sweeney, 60, called into the Veterans Crisis Line and made several threatening statements to VA hospital staff, including that he intended to kill people and had a plan, and the means to do so.
The charge in the complaint carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250k, and a term of supervised release up to 3 years.
The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the Veterans Affairs Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian.