Judge sets $450,000 bond for man accused of threatening Rep. Snyderby George Bennett | February 10th, 2011
STUART — Martin County Circuit Judge Kathleen Roberts today set bond at $450,000 for Manuel Pintado, the self-described “political activist” from Massachusetts accused of threatening state Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, because he disagrees with Snyder’s proposed immigration bill.
Wearing an orange Martin County Jail uniform and glasses, Pintado said “No, your honor,” when Roberts asked if he had any questions after she read the charges and bond amounts and said she had appointed a public defender to represent him. Pintado appeared via closed circuit TV from the jail while Roberts was at the county courthouse.
Pintado, a 47-year-old University of Massachusetts sociology student described by friends as passionate about immigrants’ rights, is accused of sending an e-mail to Snyder that said: “You better just stop that ridiculous law if you value you rand your familie’s lives (expletive).”
Snyder has proposed an Arizona-style immigration law for Florida.
Roberts set a $300,000 bond for the charge of making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury and a $150,000 bond for the charge of corruption by threat.
The unsigned Jan. 8 e-mail to Snyder was sent about an hour after the assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., that killed six other people.
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.
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” on Wednesday morning at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers and took him to the Martin County Jail.
In its original report on Pintado’s arrest, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Pintado admitted to police in Massachusetts that he sent 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.”