Staff Writer Edmund H. Mahony reports:
An Enfield man was sentenced to probation Tuesday for sending hundreds of threatening letters to the director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, an advocacy group that pushes a conservative social agenda at the state Capitol.
As a condition of his sentence of five years’ probation, Daniel Sarno, 54, was ordered to submit to mental health treatment and to stay away from his victims. He was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen B. Burns in New Haven.
Sarno pleaded guilty last year to two counts of mailing threatening communications. He is accused of mailing about 300 letters, some of which contained explicit threats to kill the recipient.
“No mercy for homophobes,” said one letter, obtained by The Courant. “I suggest you make your funeral arrangements real soon …(Trust me. I know.)”
Sarno faced a sentence of up to 16 months in prison under the sentencing guidelines used in federal court.