Army vet sentenced to probation for dangers against a Catholic school in Chicago; will get treatment from VA .


An Army veteran from Massachusetts with a struggling psychological health history was sentenced to probation Thursday in DuPage County for leaving a threatening message on an answering machine at a Catholic school in Naperville and for threatening two Wheaton public safety employees.William MacKinnon,

49, was directed to report for treatment to a Veterans Administration facility, either in Illinois or Massachusetts, upon his impending release from the DuPage County prison, where he has actually been held given that his arrest in April 2017.

MacKinnon pleaded guilty in Might to making an incorrect report of a risk to a school building or person and to a charge of threatening a public official.Authorities said McKinnon left a threatening, four-minute, profanity-laced message in February 2017 on an answering device at St. Raphael School. Inning accordance with court records, MacKinnon threatened to "intimidate" the school and its staff and teach them "a ... lesson."The recording likewise contained a danger against Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, records reveal.

At the time of his arrest for the school risk, McKinnon had pending charges for leaving threatening messages with a Wheaton fire department authorities and a law enforcement officer. The Naperville and Wheaton cases were integrated in court.Authorities stated MacKinnon had actually formerly been included with a female who lived in the Wheaton location, and they had a connection to the Naperville school.MacKinnon said sorry before Judge Liam Brennan enforced the sentence. His attorney, Jeff Fawell, stated MacKinnon did not recall leaving the message at the school."He feels beyond awful for exactly what happened here," Fawell informed the judge.

"When he heard a recording of( the message)he) was appalled. He stated,' That's my voice.'"MacKinnon served 20 years in the U.S. Army after employing at 17. He

developed extreme diabetes and began having psychological health troubles after being stationed in Kuwait in 2003, the lawyer said.The problem ultimately forced his retirement from the Army. He was stationed in Alaska at retirement and spent a duration on the streets before his military benefits appeared, Fawell said.The judge said that he wanted, based on MacKinnon's lack of previous rap sheet and his military profession, to fashion a sentence that offers MacKinnon a possibility to get assistance." You have actually put a lot of people up against the wall and it's up to you to follow through," Brennan told him.The judge set a status date for next week and a 90-day follow-up to make sure that MacKinnon is maintaining his treatment strategy.------ © 2018 the Chicago Tribune Dispersed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.