Connecticut Man Guilty in Threats Over Gay Marriage

Wednesday Aug 22, 2012

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - An Enfield man has admitted in court that he sent threatening letters to the director of a Connecticut group that opposes same-sex marriage.

The Hartford Courant reports that Daniel Sarno pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Tuesday to two counts of mailing threatening communications. He targeted Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham said some letters contained threats. He was not specific.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Sarno faces 10 to 16 months in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns ordered the 53-year-old Sarno to report back to court Jan. 3 for sentencing and submit to a psychological evaluation.

Wolfgang thanked authorities for protecting him, his family and colleagues. He said opponents of same-sex marriage are increasingly being intimidated.

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  • , 2012-08-23 09:49:02

    "Increasingly being intimidated?" That’s a laugh. Gays are still threatened, beaten, and killed just for being who they are. Just who is intimidating whom on a daily basis?

  • Bomonghani, 2012-08-23 16:21:22

    I with I could thank authorities for protecting me too...

  • Wayne M., 2012-08-23 17:35:21

    I have fought for marriage equality and against those opposing it for several years now, but I fight with reason, not with threats. In our fights we must rise above the hate, fear and anger being peddled by opponents of equality or we will fail.

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