MIAMI, FL – On Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, federal district judge Kenneth A. Marra convicted Larry Ray Bon, 62, former West Palm Beach resident who shot a gun inside the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach to a federal prison sentence of 198 months.
According to court records, Bon brought the gun and ammunition to the emergency room of VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach. When he failed the medical staff, Bon pulled the gun out of his wheelchair and fired multiple shots. He put VA Medical Center employees in fear for their lives, along with two employees near Bon. An emergency room doctor tried to remove the weapon from Bon, who fired the gun again, which hit the doctor’s neck. Despite being injured, the doctor was still able to disarm Bon. VA Medical Center staff arrested Bon. The doctor survived the gunshot wound.
On March 13, 2020, Bon pleaded guilty to three counts of assault, resisting, or obstruction of federal employees, and a count of possession of a firearm at a federal facility with intent to commit a crime. Judge Marra originally dedicated Bon to the care of the United States Attorney for 25 years of mental health care and treatment in an appropriate medical facility. This is a temporary sentence allowed under federal law where a judge “Found by a preponderance of evidence that the defendant is currently suffering from a mental illness or defect and he should, instead of being sentenced to imprisonment, be committed to a suitable facility …” 18 USC §4244 (d). Bon was determined there was no need for psychiatric hospitalization, and is now convicted.
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Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Acting Attorney for the South Florida District, George L. Piro, Special Billing Agent, FBI Miami Field Office, and David Spilker, Special Billing Agent, Inspector’s Office of Veterans Affairs General, the announcer.
“When this defendant exploded inside the West Palm Beach VA medical center, it made the place of recovery and comfort a place of violence, fear, and confusion for U.S. military veterans and medical personnel present in that day. For this, he is accountable, “said Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting U.S. Attorney for the South District of Florida.” We are committed to protecting our veterans, their families, and the dedicated employees of the clinics. of South Florida VA treating them. “
“On February 27, 2019, Larry Ray Bon entered a Veterans Affairs Medical Center after firing multiple shots from a gun that resulted in fear and confusion and severe injuries to a doctor in the emergency room,” George L. Piro said. , Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “While this sentence cannot erase what happened, he is now responsible for senseless and cowardly acts of violence.”
“Today’s sentence sends a clear message that the VA OIG and our law enforcement partners will remain vigilant and firmly accountable to anyone who commits a act of violence at a VA facility,” the Special Agent said in Charge David Spilker, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General, Office of the Southeast. “VA OIG wants to ensure that VA employees have a safe environment in which they can work and veterans can receive quality health care.”
Representing U.S. Attorney Gonzalez praised the FBI and VA OIG’s investigative efforts. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan Osborne and Rinku Tribuiani are prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Croke handled aspects of the loss of ownership of the case.