New York State In-depth

Bayport man convicted of hate crimes brought to prison early

Sam Desmond

Robert Fehring, 74-year-old retired schoolteacher and business owner from Bayport who was sentenced in federal court to 30 months in prison on Wednesday, August 3 for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBTQ affiliated individuals, groups and businesses over several years was taken into custody by authorities one month prior to his sentencing agreement to begin serving his prison sentence.

It is unclear why the FBI took these actions.

In one letter, Fehring threatened the Stonewall Inn and threatened to place explosives at 2021 New York City Pride march that would “make the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting look like a cakewalk.”

When FBI agents raided Fehring’s home in November 2021, they uncovered two loaded shotguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in addition to copies of letters containing threats to LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Pride flags with broken poles, purportedly from neighboring town Sayville, where flags that lined two downtown streets were stolen, were also found.

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