Texas woman admits to sending ricin to Obama

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Texas woman admits to sending ricin to Obama
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DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said would cap prison time at 18 years.

Shannon Guess Richardson entered her plea in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin.

Richardson was arrested in June after authorities said she tried to implicate her estranged husband, Nathan Richardson, after he had filed for divorce. Prosecutors say Shannon Richardson mailed three letters from New Boston, outside Texarkana, then went to police and claimed that her husband had done it.

Richardson, 35, has had minor roles in the television series "The Walking Dead" and the movie "The Blind Side." She also is the mother of six children -- including one child born prematurely while she was in custody this year.

Prosecutors say investigators noted inconsistencies in Richardson's statements and later learned that she had purchased materials online to produce ricin, a toxin that can cause respiratory failure if inhaled.

She acknowledged in a signed plea agreement document filed Tuesday that she ordered castor beans online and learned how to process them into a substance used to make ricin. She obtained an email address, a PayPal shopping account and a post office box in her husband's name without his knowledge, according to the document.

On the morning of May 20, she said, she waited for Nathan Richardson to go to work.

"After he left the house, I printed the mailing labels for President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze with The Raben Group," Richardson said in the document. Glaze is director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg's group advocating for tougher gun control.

The letter to Obama, according to the document, read: "What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president."

"You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns," the letter read. "Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face."

After mailing the letters, she admitted to trying to blame her husband and lying to authorities.

Her attorney, Tonda Curry, said last month that she and prosecutors agreed to a deal capping Richardson's sentence at 18 years. Prosecutors say Richardson faces life in prison for the charge to which she pleaded guilty.

Curry has said that Richardson wanted to "tell the government who else was involved in those offenses," but declined to name anyone. In the document filed Tuesday, known as a factual resume, Richardson does not name anyone else but says that the supplies she ordered "were used to make ricin" -- not that she made the ricin herself.

Nathan Richardson has not been charged in the case, even though Shannon Richardson has repeatedly tried to blame him, said John Delk, Nathan Richardson's attorney.

"He was interviewed the very first day, and he's been cooperative since Day One," Delk said.

Nathan Richardson has temporary custody of the couple's newborn son, who is healthy and steadily growing, Delk said. The couple's divorce likely will not be finalized until next year.

A federal judge ultimately will sentence Shannon Richardson at a later sentencing hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

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Six children? I'll be surprised if she gets 18 months ...
The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical

CaptDMO

So the "threat" of "guns" took a back seat to POISON?
Who'da thunk it.

poiuyt

Crazy no ?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28339653
Shannon Richardson gets 18-year jail term for posting ricin.

Shannon Richardson, 36, from Texas, had accused her estranged husband Nathaniel of sending the three poisoned letters in an apparent attempt to frame him.

"I never intended for anybody to be hurt," she told the court.

She pleaded guilty in December to the charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin.

A federal judge gave her the maximum sentence under that plea deal and ordered her to pay restitution of about $367,000 (214,000).

Richardson, a mother of six, has played small roles in The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead, according to IMDB.

Prosecutors say that after ordering the ingredients online, she made the ricin and then posted three letters before going to police and claiming her estranged husband was to blame.

According to a federal indictment, one letter to Mr Obama read, exactly as she wrote it: "What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president."

Another letter received by Mr Bloomberg, a gun control advocate, contained a threat to "shoot in the face" anyone who came for the sender's guns.

A third ricin-laced letter was opened by Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun control advocacy group founded by Mr Bloomberg.

In asking the judge for leniency on Wednesday, Richardson apologised and said: "I'm not a bad person. I don't have it in me to hurt anyone."

She asked for "mercy and compassion" and said she'd already been punished by being parted from her six children.

neoteny

Well, I was wrong; the six kids did not sway the judge. Maybe she invalidated her pussy pass with all that gun talk.
The spreading of information about the [quantum] system through the [classical] environment is ultimately responsible for the emergence of "objective reality." 

Wojciech Hubert Zurek: Decoherence, einselection, and the quantum origins of the classical

AnubisRox


Well, I was wrong; the six kids did not sway the judge. Maybe she invalidated her pussy pass with all that gun talk.



The fact that it's the President negated the pussy pass. If it was John Q. Regular then the "I've suffered enough because I can't see my kids" excuse would have worked.

It shows a man has to be ultra-rich or ultra-powerful to be immune (or at least protected) from female stupidity.
ell she turned me into a NEWT!! A newt?! Er..., well I got better.

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