Man sentenced to 252 days in prison for threatening Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital staff

A Syracuse man was sentenced Thursday to 252 days in prison for threatening to kill employees at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 4:19 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Mark W. Sweeney, 61, of Syracuse, was sentenced Thursday to 252 days in prison, including time served, for threatening to kill employees at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Sweeney pleaded guilty to making a phone call to the Veterans Crisis Line and threatening staff from the hospital, admittedly saying he intended to kill several people who treated him and had a plan and means to do it.

United States District Judge David N. Hurd also imposed a one-year term of supervised release and ordered the defendant not to have contact with the victims of his offense.

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