A former soldier from Dripping Springs was convicted Tuesday in Waco’s federal court of threatening to launch a mass killing spree at Fort Hood in February.

A jury convicted Thomas Anthony Chestnut Jr., 29, on one count of threatening to assault or murder a uniformed service member and one count of interstate communications with threat to injure.

Chestnut, who has remained in federal custody since his arrest Feb. 24, faces up to 10 years in federal prison on count one and up to five years in prison on the second count.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is scheduled to sentence Chestnut Dec. 1.

Testimony in the two-day trial revealed that Chestnut made threats over the phone to a sergeant at Fort Hood on Feb. 22. Chestnut threatened to go to Fort Hood, kill the sergeant, take hostages, start a mass killing spree and then kill himself if he was not allowed to speak with a ranking officer, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

Chestnut told a major he was a former soldier who wrongfully was convicted of a crime and released from prison in 2016.

He said if he was not allowed to speak with a commander or a sergeant major concerning his claims for back pay or if he was not given the money he thinks was owed him, he was going to shoot soldiers at Fort Hood.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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