Rhode Island man pleads guilty to threatening professor

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to sending a series of threatening emails to a Massachusetts college professor who spoke in favor of abortion rights.

Matthew Haviland, of North Kingstown, faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to stalking and transmitting a threat.

Federal prosecutors say the 29-year-old Haviland sent the professor 28 emails in March containing threats such as, “I will rip every limb from your body and eat it, piece by piece,” and “I will bite through your eyeballs while you’re still alive, and I will laugh while you scream.”

Prosecutors say Haviland also sent 12 threatening emails to the professor’s university including one that said: “You should be Murdered in cold blood.”

Neither the professor’s name nor the college was disclosed.

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