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Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

Friday, December 27, 2013
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PLAINVILLE, Conn. — A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay.

Gordon Bissonnette

Gordon Bissonnette

Gordon Bissonnette, 46, of Plainville, Conn., was charged with second-degree intimidation based on bigotry bias, second-degree threatening and second-degree harassment, after leaving a series of threatening voice messages from Dec. 12 until Christmas day, in which he said he would kill his sister Corinne Bissonnette and her spouse if he saw them on Christmas, reported the New Britain Herald.

He said he was “fearful of the influence” his sister was having on his 18-year-old daughter, according to police.

“If she [expletive] with my child again, I will execute her myself. Corinne, if she goes against me, there will be bullets flying. She cannot talk to me. I wanna execute her. I will kill a gay,” Gordon said in a voicemail, according to a police report. “I’ll put a bullet in both their heads. If they turn my daughter gay, I’m gonna kill them both. I’m gonna blow their brains out.”

He also told police that he planned to throw a smoke bomb at the house where his sister and her wife were celebrating Christmas so they would think it was gun fire and “freak out.”

Gordon Bissonnette was arraigned Thursday on these charges in Bristol Superior Court, where his bond was set at $75,000. He also was issued four protective orders on behalf of his mother, his sister, his brother and his sister’s wife.

He is currently being held in custody and is scheduled to appear again in court Jan. 24.

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