Indianapolis man gets more than 4 years for shooting at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times file

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced an Indianapolis man to more than four years in prison for opening fire at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in 2019 in what prosecutors said could have been “an unthinkable tragedy.”

Bernard Harvey Jr. had a history of mental illness and suffered from schizophrenia at the time of the shooting, according to filings from his defense attorney, Gareth Morris. Harvey pleaded guilty in January to illegal possession of a Ruger PC Carbine 9 mm rifle after years of back and forth over his mental competency. 

Video of Harvey’s interrogation after the shooting revealed “an incoherent, deeply disturbed and disoriented man,” Morris wrote in a memo to the judge. “The agents gave up trying to interrogate him when he was unable to understand or respond to his Miranda warning.”

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow gave Harvey 51 months in prison with credit for time served of about 34 months, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. 

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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