A New York City man was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday for sending 60 threatening letters to LGBTQ+ members, groups and businesses.
Robert Fehring, 74, pleaded guilty in February to sending the letters threatening to kill, shoot or bomb the recipients. The threats were sent from 2013 to 2021 and come amid a series of additional threats to the LGBTQ+ community in the US
“Fehring has spent nearly eight years making vile threats against members of LGBTQ+ communities in locations throughout New York, including Suffolk County,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said in a statement.
Under his threats, Fehring sent a letter to the owners of the Stonewall Inn, the prominent Manhattan LGBTQ+ bar that served as the scene of the 1969 Stonewall riots.
In his letter to Stonewall, Fehring wrote: “We will blow up/burn down your facilities. We will shoot those who visit your caves [expletives].”
Another letter addressed a water ferry from Sayville to Fire Island, New York. In his letter, Fehring wrote that ferry workers should “metal-detect everyone who comes on board.”
In another letter, Fehring wrote to a black-owned barber shop associated with LGBTQ+ communities. The letter to the barber shop was from “People Who Hate Gays… and In Particular [n-word] Gay.”
He wrote: “Your shop is the perfect place for a bombing… or to beat up the scum that frequents your cave [expletive] into a bloody pool of steaming flesh.”
In addition to the other threats, he threatened to attack an LGBTQ+ event in Huntington, New York. In his letter, he referred to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Another venue in Long Beach, New York that was hosting an LGBTQ+ event also received a threatening letter from Fehring.
Along with mail, investigators searching Fehring’s home found “20 LGBTQ+ Pride flags stolen from flagpoles in Sayville, New York, in July 2021.” Investigators found that he also took “reconnaissance-style photographs of the Pride event in Eisenhower Park.”
Authorities recovered two loaded shotguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and two stun guns. They also found “a stamped envelope addressed to an LGBTQ+ advocate that contained the remains of a dead bird.”
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