US actress jailed 18 years for posting poisoned letter to Obama

actress sent poisoned letter to obama
An actress, Shannon Richardson, 36, who posted ricin-laced letters to US President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been given an 18-year prison term.

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).

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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.”

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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.