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‘Activist’ accused of threatening Rep. Snyder now in Martin County Jail

by George Bennett | February 9th, 2011

Pintado's Martin County Jail mugshot.

Manuel Pintado, a 47-year-old University of Massachusetts sociology student described by friends as passionate about immigrants’ rights, was taken into custody by Martin County sheriff’s deputies today and will appear before a judge Thursday on charges he threatened the life of state Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart.

Pintado was arrested in Massachusetts on Jan. 31, then released on his own recognizance by a Massachusetts judge on Monday with orders to fly to Florida to face charges. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said two deputies arrested Pintado “without incident” this morning at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.

Snyder

On Jan. 8 — shortly after the assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in which six others were killed — Snyder received an unsigned e-mail that said: “You better just stop that ridiculous law if you value you rand your familie’s lives (expletive).”

Snyder has proposed a law cracking down on illegal immigration in Florida similar to a controversial measure in Arizona.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said detectives determined the Jan. 8 e-mail was sent by Pintado from a Starbucks near his home in Northampton, Mass. The sheriff’s report said Northampton police interviewed Pintado and he admitted sending the e-mail. The report said Pintado described himself as a “political activist” who believed Snyder was trying to abolish the 14th Amendment, which states that all persons born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens.

The sheriff’s report said Pintado told the Northampton police he didn’t intend to harm Snyder, but was “glad the e-mail made him nervous.”

An article on Pintado this week in the University of Massachusetts Daily Collegian says friends and relatives describe Pintado as “an amiable pacifist with a passion for immigrants’ rights and state support of public higher education, though they said he suffers from anxiety and could sometimes become swept up in his own dedication and act excitedly.”

The article quotes Pintado’s son-in-law as saying Pintado did something dumb, “right up there with all the teenagers who call in fake bomb threats to their junior high schools and people like Sharron Angle who call for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, or Sarah Palin or people who show up to political rallies with nooses and shotguns, but he is not a killer, not even close.”

In Martin County, Pintado is charged with corruption by threat and written threat to kill or do bodily injury and is being held on a $450,000 bond.

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6 Responses to “‘Activist’ accused of threatening Rep. Snyder now in Martin County Jail”

  1. farmer Says:

    More wasted tax dollars

  2. Aurther Bishop Says:

    Everyone is a terrorist until proven innocent in the land of the free and home of the brave (Amurika).

    Idiots like Pintada will never get it. Why make threats? Just carry out whatever act you intend or keep your mouth shut and your fingers off the keyboard.

  3. Conservative Diva Says:

    Immigrant RIGHTS??? Wow! Last time I checked “illegal” immigrants HAVE NO RIGHTS! I hope they deport this freak!

  4. OK Sure Says:

    47-year-old student? And he’s viewed as a hero?

  5. Luysii Says:

    What does “no stranger to law enforcement” mean? What has Pintado been arrested for/convicted of and when? The press in Massachusetts is silent on this.

    You should know that not everyone in Massachusetts agrees with the goings on in the People’s Republic of Northampton.

    For details see: http://luysii.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/i-cant-stand-it-ii/

  6. What? Says:

    I wonder who pays for this “student” to go to school. Probably us.
    Arthur Bishop had better keep his comments to the keyboard. If he said this in front of me he is going to need dental insurance really soon.

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