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Monday, August 7, 2017

Canandaigua Man Sentenced for Threatening Shooting at Albany VA Medical Center

ALBANY, NEW YORK - Robert J. Seifert, age 59, of Canandaigua, New York, was sentenced on August 3 to time served (about 12.5 months in jail), as well as 3 years of supervised release, for threatening to commit a mass shooting at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge Donna L. Neves of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office.

On March 31, 2017, Seifert pled guilty to a charge of making an interstate threat to injure another. He admitted that on June 15, 2016, he made a phone call to a Veterans 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.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Violent Crime
Updated August 7, 2017