Maryland Man Sentenced for Making Death Threats to LGBTQI+ Advocates
A Maryland man has been sentenced after making death threats to 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 media release from the Department of Justice.
The voicemail referenced the March 27, 2023, mass shooting at a school in Nashville, Tennessee, where the perpetrator was identified as a transgender woman. During the call, Nettina made numerous threats, including “…we’ll cut your throats. We’ll put a bullet in your head…You’re going to kill us? We’re going to kill you 10 times more in full.”
Investigators were able to trace the phone number back to Nettina, who admitted to leaving the voicemail with the knowledge that it would be seen as a threat to the LGBTQI+ community. It was also discovered that this was not the first time Nettina had made anti-LGBTQI+ threats or comments.
In a previous incident on March 31, 2022, Nettina responded to a Maryland State Delegate’s post supporting Trans Day of Visibility by stating that he had begun the process of getting the delegate excommunicated from the Catholic Church. On October 13, 2022, Nettina sent an email to a Virginia State Delegate advocating for the prevention of abuse towards transgender children, threatening to shoot and hang them in the streets.
On November 8, 2022, Nettina sent another social media message to the Maryland delegate, calling them a “baby killing terrorist” and stating that they would be going to hell sooner than they think. As a result of his actions, Nettina was arrested on the evening of March 31, 2023.
On Thursday, January 11, 2024, Nettina 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 and stated that these threats would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The FBI Baltimore Field Office investigated the case, with Acting Special Agent in Charge R. Joseph Rothrock stating that threats of violence made to instill fear will not be tolerated.
This incident highlights the importance of protecting the civil rights of all Americans and ensuring that individuals can advocate for their beliefs without fear of violence or harm.