Dripping Springs man indicted for threats against Fort Hood soldiers

A federal grand jury indicted a Dripping Springs man Tuesday for allegedly making threats to kill people at Fort Hood last month, according to the Department of Justice. 

Thomas Anthony Chestnut, 28, was charged with one count of interstate communications with threat to injure. If he is convicted he could face up to five years in federal prison,

Records state that Chestnut called and spoke with a sergeant in the US Army 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood on Feb 22. During that conversation, Chestnut threatened to go to Fort Hood and kill the sergeant, take hostages and start a "mass killing spree" before killing himself if he was not allowed to speak with "someone of rank."

Chestnut then spoke to a major and said "he was a former soldier wrongly accused of a crime and eventually released from prison in 2016. Chestnut further advised if he was unable to speak with a US Army III Corps Commander or a Sergeant Major regarding back pay, or did not receive the money he believe was owed to him, that he planned to shoot soldiers on Fort Hood," according to a release from the DoJ. 

Chestnut was arrested without incident on Feb 24 and has remained in federal custody since. 

A hearing is scheduled for Chestnut in Waco on March 22. 

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the FBI with the US Army Military Police Investigations at Fort Hood and the Hays County Sheriff's Office. 

 

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