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Connecticut man pleads guilty to cyberstalking, threatening to kill his Massachusetts ex

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A Connecticut man just couldn’t deal with being broken up with and took to social media to harass, threaten and terrify his Massachusetts ex-girlfriend — and now he’s pleaded guilty to federal charges for his actions.

“I’m gonna find you and kill you if it’s the last thing I do. Boston isn’t far AT ALL. You and (your sister) not safe. Nobody is,” Marshall Nicholas Fain wrote in an email to the victim, who is either 27 or 28 based on her birth year, in an October 2021 email.

“Ima get you (expletive). And you know I’m not playing. By now you know I don’t give a (expletive) about my own life so I really don’t mind taking yours,” he continued.

While that message was sent from “Grim Reaper” at [email protected], according to an affidavit filed in the case, that was just one of several online accounts Fain, 31, of New Haven, Conn., used to barrage his ex-girlfriend with threats “that made her fear for her life.”

The threats came fast and furiously through online accounts, text messages and phone calls beginning the month after his victim had broken up with him after less than two years in August 2021.

Fain was finally arrested and charged on Feb. 2 and on Aug. 30 pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to one count of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting threats through interstate commerce. The former carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and the latter a sentence of up to two years in prison. He’s scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 21.

The threatened ex took action to protect herself from Fain’s abuses. She contacted the Boston Police Department to report the threats that September and then sought and received an abuse prevention order against Fain through Boston Municipal Court in Dorchester that same month.

“The victim in this case did not let fear silence her. She courageously came forward and worked with the FBI to help bring Mr. Fain’s campaign of torment to an end,” Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, said in a statement.

She filed grievances that Fain was still harassing her despite the order on Sept. 30, 2021, and again on Oct. 9, 2021. The onslaught of threats forced her to change her phone number to at least cut off one avenue to Fain. But he didn’t stop with her and threatened through an Instagram account, @supremenation704, that “I got your mom and [your sister’s] number. Tell them they next to get a number change.”

Fain monitored his victim’s interests and through his @godsun203 Instagram account threatened not only to kill her but also said he would kill two rappers — who he named — that he knew she was attracted to.

Fain’s victim isn’t alone. A study produced by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics found that an estimated 3.4 million of all U.S. residents 16 years or older were the victims of stalking in 2019 — that’s more than one in 10 people in that age group. Both males and females are among that number, though females are twice as likely to be stalked.

More than two-thirds of those stalking victims, 67%, knew their stalker and, according to that paper, the same percentage were fearful of being killed or physically harmed.

“Threats of violence, regardless of whether they’re made in person or sent from behind a keyboard, are illegal and will not be tolerated by my office,” U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a statement. “The internet does not offer you anonymity — perpetrators will be identified, prosecuted and held accountable.”

BOSTON, MA : September 2, 2020: Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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