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Church killer escaped mental hospital!

Church killer escaped mental hospital!

THE WASHINGTON POST – ELI ROSENBERG, MARK BERMAN

The gunman who opened fire in a church outside San Antonio, killing at least 26 people, escaped from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base and “attempting to carry out death threats” made against military superiors, according to a police report.

The report said that officers with the El Paso, Tex., police were dispatched to a bus terminal after Devin P. Kelley‘s escape from a behavioral facility about seven miles away in New Mexico. Officers wrote that they were told Kelley, who intended to take a bus out of the state, “was a danger to himself and others” at the time and noted that he “was also facing military criminal charges.”

This incident occurred the same year that Kelley was court-martialed. He was charged abusing his wife and her son between April 2011 and April 2012 and then sentenced in November 2012, according to Air Force documents.

MySanAntonio.com reported that the gunman who killed at least 26 people in a church south of San Antonio was kicked out of the Air Force after cutting a plea deal in which he admitted to fracturing his stepson’s skull, the former head of Air Force prosecutors said Monday.

Devin Patrick Kelley faced at least five years in a military prison for attacking the baby and also his wife, the former top Air Force prosecutor, retired Col. Don Christensen, said.

An Air Force jury handed him a 12-month sentence in 2012, he said.

“He entered pleas of guilty to fracturing his son’s skull, his stepson’s skull, and to assaulting his wife. And as a result of that there really is no question about his guilt,” Christensen said. “He should not have been able to get a gun (after Kelly’s discharge from the service.) There is no way this man should have legally owned a gun based upon what he was convicted of.”

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