Springfield Man Federally Indicted for Bomb Threat at Veterans Clinic


SPRINGFIELD, Mo- A man from Springfield has been indicted for making a bomb threat at the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Mount Vernon, Mo.

Richard Leslie Turner III, 48-years-old, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Tuesday. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Turner on July 19th.

The federal indictment alleges that Turner threatened to blow up the Community Based Outpatient Clinic located in Mount Vernon on July 13th. 

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Turner arrived at the clinic for an appointment but was told the appointment had been changed. Turner became angry and left the clinic, the affidavit says.

Court documents say, then shortly afterward another patient informed a staff member that Turner was in the parking lot making statements about obtaining explosives and blowing up the clinic. When Turner was contacted by authorities about making the threats, he allegedly became angry and stated that he really intended to blow up the clinic because the police had called him.

A few days later in July Turner allegedly called the clinic and told a staff member that he intended to travel to the clinic and kill him.

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