Fort Hood threats bring federal prison sentence

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A man accused of threatening a shooting rampage on Fort Hood will be spending time in federal prison and has been ordered to undergo mental health treatment when he gets out.

Thomas Anthony Chestnut, Jr. was given an 18-month sentence on each of two counts of making the threat to kill soldiers and making a threat to kill a specific sergeant.

Thomas Anthony Chestnut, Jr

The sentence is to be followed by three years of supervised release,

He was accused of making the threats in a conversation with a sergeant with the First Cavalry Division, saying he would kill him, conduct a mass shooting, then kill himself if he was not allowed to speak to someone of higher rank regarding being wrongly accused of a crime.

During the call he advised that he was a former soldier wrongly accused of a crime and released and wanted to talk to the III Corps Commander or a Sergeant Major regarding back pay.

If not allowed to speak or did not receive the money he believed was owed him, he planned to do the shooting.

The incident occurred February 22nd.

Chestnut had been found guilty in a military court June 24, 2014 of on count of sexual assault and found not guilty on one count of assault consummated by battery in an incident alleged to have occurred at Fort Sam Houston in 2012.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to serve his time.

However, the conviction was overturned on December 24, 2016 and he was released.

After making the threats he was taken into custody February 24 and has remained in custody ever since.

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