Thursday, July 17, 2014

Texas Actress Sentenced for Threat to Obama - Update

Shannon Richardson

(Texarkana, Texas) Last December, Shannon Richardson pleaded guilty to one count of developing, producing, possessing and transferring a biological agent for use as a weapon.

Yesterday, 36-year-old Richardson was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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Texas Actress Indicted for Threat to Obama
[Previous 6/28/13 post]
(Texarkana, Texas) A 35-year-old actress and mother-of-five, Shannon Richardson, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for allegedly threatening President Obama and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg by sending them ricin-laced letters.

Richardson faces two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States.
Authorities have determined that the ricin letters, which threatened violence against gun-control advocates, were mailed from New Boston, about 150 miles northeast of Dallas, or nearby Texarkana and postmarked in Shreveport, La.

According to an FBI affidavit, Richardson first contacted authorities to implicate her husband in the scheme. But she failed a polygraph exam and investigators found inconsistencies in her story, the document alleges.

Richardson later admitted she mailed the letters but maintained that her husband made her do it, according to the affidavit.
Richardson has been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation.

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