Former Actress Pleads Guilty to Mailing Ricin to Obama

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Dec. 11, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

A former Hol­ly­wood act­ress has ad­mit­ted in fed­er­al court to mail­ing ri­cin-tain­ted let­ters to Pres­id­ent Obama and New York May­or Mi­chael Bloomberg.

Shan­non Richard­son of Texas pleaded guilty to a fed­er­al charge of mak­ing and pos­sess­ing a bio­lo­gic­al tox­in, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The 35-year-old moth­er of six — who has had bit-part tele­vi­sion roles on “The Walk­ing Dead” and “The Blind Side” — agreed to a deal that her law­yer said would lim­it her pris­on time to 18 years. Richard­son’s form­al sen­ten­cing date has not yet been sched­uled, ac­cord­ing to the Tues­day AP re­port.

She gave birth to her young­est child pre­ma­turely while in cus­tody earli­er this year.

In June, Richard­son was ar­res­ted after ini­tially at­tempt­ing to blame her sep­ar­ated hus­band, Nath­an Richard­son, for the ri­cin mail­ings. She is ac­cused of send­ing the let­ters from New Bo­ston, a town out­side the Tex­arkana loc­a­tion in which she ul­ti­mately was brought to court.

The signed plea agree­ment de­scribes how Richard­son waited un­til her hus­band left for work on May 20 to mail the let­ters, which also in­cluded a ri­cin-laced missive for Mark Glaze, who dir­ects Bloomberg’s May­ors Against Il­leg­al Guns group.

“What’s in this let­ter is noth­ing com­pared to what ive got in store for you mr pres­id­ent,” the doc­u­ment de­scribes Richard­son’s let­ter to Obama as say­ing.

She also threatened re­tri­bu­tion against any­one at­tempt­ing to con­trol guns, writ­ing, “You will have to kill me and my fam­ily be­fore you get my guns,” and “Any­one who wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.”

This art­icle was pub­lished in Glob­al Se­cur­ity News­wire, which is pro­duced in­de­pend­ently by Na­tion­al Journ­al Group un­der con­tract with the Nuc­le­ar Threat Ini­ti­at­ive. NTI is a non­profit, non­par­tis­an group work­ing to re­duce glob­al threats from nuc­le­ar, bio­lo­gic­al, and chem­ic­al weapons.

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