Western NY Man Admits to Threatening to Shoot up the Albany VA


Federal authorities say a western New York man has pleaded guilty to threatening to use a submachine gun to kill people at the Albany Veterans Hospital. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 58-year-old Robert Seifert of Canandaigua entered a guilty plea to a charge of making an interstate threat to injure another. Prosecutors say he made the threat during a phone call last June to the Veterans Crisis Line.

He made the call to a Crisis Line operator in Portland, Oregon, in which he stated “I got an Uzi and I wanna kill everybody at the Albany VA,” “Watch what happens when I get to the Albany VA with my Uzi and I start shooting people up,” and “I’m going to [expletive] kill everybody there.”

As part of the plea agreement, the government and Seifert’s attorney asked the Court to impose a sentence of time served at the time of sentencing, as well as 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release. 

Sentencing is scheduled for July 28.


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