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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Connecticut Man Arrested for Cyberstalking and Threatening Massachusetts Woman

Defendant allegedly cyberstalked and sent death threats to ex-girlfriend and her family

BOSTON – A Connecticut man was arrested today for allegedly threatening, harassing and intimidating a Massachusetts woman through social media and email.

Marshall Nicholas Fain, 31, of New Haven, Conn., was charged with one count of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting threats through interstate commerce. Fain was arrested this morning and made an initial appearance today in federal court in Boston before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal. Fain is being held in custody pending a detention hearing schedule for Feb. 8, 2022.

According to the charging documents, Fain was in a relationship with the victim for approximately two years, until the relationship ended in August 2021. Soon after, in September 2021 and continuing through December 2021, Fain sent the victim multiple private messages through email and social media threatening to kill the victim and members of her family.

Fain allegedly created multiple social media and email accounts which he used to harass and threaten the victim anonymously. Specifically, according to the charging documents, Fain used anonymous Instagram and Facebook accounts to send the victim messages that said, among other things, “I’ll kill you” and “You gonna get yours if it’s the last thing I do.” Fain allegedly also used anonymous email addresses to send the victim threatening messages that said, among other things, “I’m gonna find you and kill you if it’s the last thing I do,” “By now you know I don’t give a f*** about my own life so I really don’t mind taking yours,” and “When the time is right you gonna be one of the girls going missing. Ima torture the f*** out of you when I catch you.”

The charge of stalking by electronic means provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of transmitting threats through interstate commerce provides for a sentence of up to two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Haven Division, provided valuable assistance in the matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Gotlob of Rollins Major Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated February 2, 2022