Maryland Man Sentenced for Issuing Death Threats to LGBTQI+ Advocates
A man from Maryland has been sentenced to prison after making death threats against LGBTQI+ advocates, including two state delegates. Adam Michael Nettina, 34, left a threatening voicemail for a Washington, D.C. advocacy group on the evening of March 28, 2023, according to a Department of Justice media release.
In the voicemail, Nettina referenced the mass shooting at a school in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27, 2023, where the perpetrator was identified as a transgender woman. He made numerous threats, including cutting throats and putting bullets in people’s heads. Nettina admitted to leaving the voicemail with the knowledge that it would be viewed as a threat to LGBTQI+ community members and advocacy volunteers.
Further investigation revealed that this was not the first time Nettina had made anti-LGBTQI+ threats or comments. On March 31, 2022, he responded to a Maryland State Delegate’s social media post supporting Trans Day of Visibility, stating that he had initiated the process of getting the delegate excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
Additionally, on October 13, 2022, after a Virginia State Delegate advocated for the prevention of abuse towards transgender children in an interview, Nettina sent an email to the delegate, threatening to shoot and hang them in the streets. He also sent a similar message to another email address of the delegate two minutes later. On November 8, 2022, after the Maryland delegate was reelected, Nettina sent another social media message, calling them a “baby killing terrorist.”
Nettina’s actions did not go unnoticed, and he was arrested on the evening of March 31, 2023. Recently, on Thursday, January 11, 2024, he was sentenced to two years in prison, along with three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Erek L. Barron for the District of Maryland emphasized that free speech does not include violent threats against others, stating, “You have the right to your own opinions, but you don’t have the right to threaten the lives of those who disagree with you.” The FBI Baltimore Field Office, which investigated the case, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing their commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Americans.
This incident serves as a reminder that threats of violence made to instill fear will not be tolerated, and law enforcement will continue to prosecute such threats to the fullest extent of the law.