UMass student arrested for threatening Fla. representative

By R.P. Hitt

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A Northampton man and University of Massachusetts student was arrested Monday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Florida state representative, according to the Miami Herald.

According to police, 47-year-old Manuel Pintado sent these emails to Republican Rep. William Snyder of Stuart, Fla.

The emails, sent January 8, surfaced shortly after the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., where six citizens were killed and 13 injured including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Snyder informed the police the day after he received the email.

According to CNN, Pintado faces a third-degree felony, corruption by threat, and a second-degree felony, written to kill or do bodily injury. The police said they were able to determine Pintado was the culprit by tracking a wireless connection from a Starbucks near Pintado’s home.

Pintado described himself as a “political activist” to police, saying he meant no physical harm to Snyder, but was glad the email made him nervous, according to the CNN report.

According to authorities, Pintado is currently awaiting extradition to Florida in the Hampshire County House of Corrections. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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