A 74-year-old retired schoolteacher from a New York Metropolis suburb was sentenced to 30 months in jail Wednesday for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBTQ affiliated people, teams and companies over a number of years.
In accordance to prosecutors, Robert Fehring threatened to blow up the Stonewall Inn, a historic bar in Manhattan thought-about the birthplace of the homosexual rights motion. He additionally threatened to place explosives at 2021 New York Metropolis Pleasure march that may “make the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting look like a cakewalk,” referring to the 2016 assault in which 49 folks have been killed and dozens wounded at Pulse, a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Different messages threatened to kill, shoot and bomb LGBTQ affiliated companies and people, together with an African American-owned barbershop in Brooklyn that Fehring wrote in one letter “is the perfect place for a bombing.”
Fehring pleaded responsible in February to mailing threatening communications by the postal service.
“We are disappointed in the length of the sentence, but Mr. Fehring is happy to be putting this nightmare behind him,” his legal professional, Glenn Obedin, stated in an e mail. “He is deeply remorseful for what occurred, and looks forward to living quietly with his family once he has served his sentence.”
An FBI search of Fehring’s residence final November in Bayport, Long Island, yielded two loaded shotguns and a whole bunch of rounds of ammunition in addition to copies of letters containing threats. Investigators additionally discovered a stamped envelope addressed to an LGBTQ-affiliated legal professional containing the stays of a lifeless hen, in accordance to the U.S. legal professional’s workplace for the Jap District of New York.
“Robert Fehring made heinous threats against members of the LGBTQ community in locations throughout New York, including Suffolk County, for nearly eight years,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison stated in a press release. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our division’s Hate Crimes Unit detectives and the diligent work of our legislation enforcement companions, Fehring is being held accountable for his crimes.”