Army veteran admits to sending death threats

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HOUSTON – A 33-year-old Brazoria County man has pleaded guilty to threatening employees at the Lake Jackson Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Mark Williams Jr. was a U.S. Army veteran receiving treatment at VA facilities. Today, he admitted to making a series of threatening statements via interstate communications.

Beginning in June 2021, Williams began sending threats towards the staff at various VA facilities. These included calls to the Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, White House VA Hotline and Veterans Crisis Line.

As part of his plea, he admitted that during a call on Oct. 25, 2021, he made repeated threats to kill employees at the Lake Jackson VA clinic.

U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. will impose sentencing Sept. 6. At that time, Williams faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

The Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pearson is prosecuting the case.