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Rhode Island man gets 21 months for threatening to dismember and eat a Harvard professor

A federal judge yesterday sentenced Matthew Haviland, 30, of North Kingstown, RI to 21 months in federal prison for an online hate spree in March, 2019 in which he sent 28 messages to a Harvard professor threatening to rip the professor limb from limb, after first eating his or her eyeballs, because of the professor's support of abortion and opposition to President Trump.

Haviland had pleaded guilty to one count of stalking and two counts of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce in August.

Prosecutors say that in addition to terrorizing the professor and his or her family, Haviland sent similar messages to the particular Harvard school where the professor taught, threatening to blow it up - and followed that up the next month by making similar comments on a pro-choice article on the medium.com Web site. And he left roughly 114 threatening voice-mail messages at a Rhode Island women's health center, according to prosecutors.

In a statement, US Attorney Andrew Lelling noted that the right to free speech does not extend to threatening to eat somebody's eyeballs:

Today’s sentence affirms that these are serious crimes that warrant punishment.

Following his prison time, Haviland will be let out on "supervised release" for three years.

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He seems nice...

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I wasn't so sure about this RI travel ban but yeah, let's get that going ASAP.

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the Trump administration hasn't given him a job.

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I'm surprised that Trump hasn't pardoned him yet.

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I think you meant the professor's opposition to abortion *restrictions*.

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Thanks, fixed.

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"Have a Snickers."
"Because you get a little weird when you're hungry."

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When the 21 (possibly less) months are over and this guy is free is he going to get mental health help? Will he get it in prison? Seems like there's a lot wrong with this guy that needs to be addressed by psychiatry and not just incarceration.

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In 21 months he will still be a crazy, violent republican. Maybe his buddy Trump will join him before he gets out.

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...like eyeballs, improves with age. I guess. Not sure.

OK, so our eyeball eating wannabe has been locked up since, um August of last year? No, that was the hearing. Good news folx...with counting time served (and I believe they do that) he's out in six to nine months.

Probably will get counseling about threatening to eat eyeballs.

Oh, and bomb threats.

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I question his taste in professors.

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I always thought BU professors were more flavorful.

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I prefer my professors well sauced.

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are sufficiently sauced

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You eat one lousy foot and they call you a cannibal - Dan Torrance The Big Bus

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Was it with some fava beans and a nice chianti?

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with pinto beans and muffins.

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