BUFFALO — An Oakfield man pleaded guilty to sending threatening messages to Erie County’s executive and was sentenced to community service Friday.

Thomas E. Netter, 49, pleaded guilty to harassment, Buffalo area media reported.

Netter was given a conditional discharge and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. An order of protection was issued.

Netter was arrested in August and charged with aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Netter admitted sending Mark Poloncarz a threatening message on Facebook in January. The threats had to do with Erie County’s COVID mandates.

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