Man who police said threatened to crash plane in Tupelo has died in federal custody

Published 1:10 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Tupelo television station WTVA has released the following news report

(WTVA) – The man accused of threatening to crash a plane into a Tupelo Walmart has died in federal custody.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Cory Patterson died on Monday, Nov. 14. An explanation has not been announced.

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Tupelo Police said Patterson stole a small plane from the Tupelo Regional Airport on Sept. 3 and threatened to crash it into the Walmart store on West Main Street.

He eventually landed the plane in a field in Tippah County where he was arrested

Police said Patterson worked at the airport and had access to aircraft.

He faced local and federal charges as a result. His attorney Tony Farese had requested a psychological evaluation. Open the PDF link below to view the court affidavit.