Welcome to the Law Office of Will M. Helixon’s First Lieutenant Katie Ann Blanchard Page. This page is designed to inform the public about the status of 1LT Blanchard’s case from a legal standpoint. We will share short updates here regarding the progress of her case, news articles about 1LT Blanchard and her case, and ways to get involved to support 1LT Blanchard’s efforts to make military workplaces safe. For more detailed information about 1LT Blanchard, her family, her service, and her recovery, please visit www.TheArmyNurse.com
Katie's Legal Updates
September 19, 2017
Katie had her interview with the IO regarding the attack on her. She also met with a different IO to discuss the issues she has observed in her Warrior Transition Unit (WTU). Katie’s working hard during her own recovery to make sure she’s still taking care of other Soldiers – both as a Leader and as a nurse. Her dedication to helping others is an inspiration. She continues to work with AUSA Kim Flannigan to get ready for her attacker’s sentencing hearing which is coming up in the beginning of November. He is eligible for a maximum sentence of 20 years. There are a lot of different factors that must be considered in determining a sentence and Katie is working diligently to make sure that the full impact of HIS attack is clear.
September 1, 2017
Katie was scheduled to meet with the IO this week, but Hurricane Harvey had other plans. Since Katie’s in San Antonio and there was so much potential for poor weather, the IO moved back her interview. Katie is anxious to speak with the IO and help the Army better protect other Soldiers.
August 14, 2017
The Army is now moving forward with their own investigation in to the attack on Katie. An Investigating Officer (IO) is looking in to the facts and circumstances of the attack to see where the breakdowns occurred that allowed a disgruntled employee to escalate his aggressive behaviors. Katie is so thankful for the support she has received, including coverage by The Daily Beast, People Magazine, ZDoggMD and others. While the Army investigation is ongoing, she wants to make sure that the IO has access to all the facts and circumstances to ensure that this type of situation doesn’t happen to someone else.
August 8, 2017
This week 1LT Katie Blanchard’s attacker was found guilty of assault with intent to commit murder. The jury deliberated on the count and found beyond a reasonable doubt that the disgruntled employee attacked Katie, he did so with the intent of ending her life. It took almost a year for the justice system to get this far. 1LT Blanchard thanks Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Flannigan for all her hard work on this case. While this is one big step towards making sure HE pays for his crime, Katie’s fight to ensure that other individuals aren’t put in harm’s way is just beginning. Her attacker will be sentenced in early November.
October 19, 2017
It’s been a whirlwind month for Katie – both in the legal realm and on the recovery and personal side! Make sure you catch up on her recovery and advocacy efforts by visiting TheArmyNurse.com. As for her legal proceedings, she spoke with the investigating officers from the Army regarding the attack and her subsequent treatment by the WTU. She’s been working closely with our team to make sure that she can spread her message of ending workplace violence, while making sure she doesn’t do anything to endanger the Army’s investigation in to her attack. She and her family have also been preparing for the next big hurdle in the criminal case against her attacker – sentencing. That’s coming up on 2 November at the Dole Courthouse in Kansas City. Katie and her family will have a tough time recounting all the pain and suffering she’s had to go through already, and all the work she has ahead of her. If you are in the area, make sure you come by the courthouse that day and send some love and support Katie’s way!