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Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - A Texas woman who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricing-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A judge sentenced Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, on a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin. She had pleaded guilty to the charge in December in a deal her attorney said capped the sentence at 18 years. Richardson also must pay restitution.

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

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.

Richardson 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 born prematurely while she was in custody.

She acknowledged in a signed plea agreement 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, 2013, 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. At the time, Glaze was director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg's group advocating for tougher gun control.

The letter to Obama read, "What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president," according to the document. "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. 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.

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abudotcom July 16 2014 at 2:26 PM

And when is Obama going to be sentenced ? for all his crimes against the USA…. the least he deserves is isolation… for the rest of his days….

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markschupp July 16 2014 at 2:21 PM

I wish the Obama admin. no harm, Just
rotting away in jail!

That is where they belong!

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bailey.willie July 16 2014 at 2:38 PM


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fedjed1 July 16 2014 at 2:55 PM

Heres wife material for all of you Obama haters.

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cbrown6120 July 16 2014 at 2:25 PM

Either it's the air water in Texas that breeds these wierd people and politicians.

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lamsantosantos July 16 2014 at 2:27 PM

Well now she's a star in the big house!!

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mrj8gd July 16 2014 at 2:28 PM

I do not like BO or any of his policies but we do not get rid of idiots in office by killing them. I hope her time in prison is hell on earth

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joe.rather July 16 2014 at 4:42 PM

My peace comes from knowing that the Republican Party is majority white american older men and they are becoming extinct rapidly. They hate women, minorities, open minded thinking so they cater to these old white guys, and they will all soon be gone and America can thrive again- adios muchacos

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theemovado July 16 2014 at 2:39 PM

Does this behavior surprise anyone coming from this type female? The lengths she went to being what is in her DNA evil and completely deceptive..

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Sandy July 16 2014 at 10:01 PM

GOP. Haters and traitors. How about putting Bush and Cheney away for 4400 deaths in Iraq? You are trying to bring racism, sexism, and bigotry back. (Just look at some of the comments.) Hide your money and send jobs away. Hug your guns. Call yourselves Christians and hate your neighbors. The USA is sick of your tactics and lies.

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brooks1161 Sandy July 17 2014 at 2:00 AM

That's correct Sandy, just keep it tuned to MSNBC, they will keep the Propaganda U thrive on flowing like lava from a volcano.

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