Ex-Actress Sentenced to 18 Years for Ricin Mailings

Global Security Newswire Staff
July 17, 2014, 9:16 a.m.

A plot to frame an es­tranged hus­band has back­fired badly for one Texas wo­man, who was sen­tenced to 18 years be­hind bars for send­ing ri­cin let­ters.

Shan­non Richard­son on Wed­nes­day re­ceived the max­im­um pris­on sen­tence un­der a plea deal she ac­cep­ted in Decem­ber where she ad­mit­ted to mail­ing ri­cin-tain­ted let­ters to Pres­id­ent Obama, then-New York City May­or Mi­chael Bloomberg and to the head of a gun con­trol group. The moth­er of six un­suc­cess­fully tried to make the mail­ings ap­pear to have been sent from her soon-to-be ex-hus­band.

Richard­son, a one­time ex­tra on shows such as “The Walk­ing Dead” was also ordered by a fed­er­al judge to pay $367,000 in fines, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports. The 36-year-old wo­man said she be­lieved that bi­o­se­c­ur­ity pro­to­cols would have kept any­one from ac­tu­ally be­ing ex­posed to the ri­cin, which has no an­ti­dote and is leth­al in trace quant­it­ies.

“I nev­er in­ten­ded for any­body to be hurt,” Richard­son told the court, sub­sequently say­ing, “I’m not a bad per­son; I don’t have it in me to hurt any­one.”

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