Texas Actress Admits Sending Ricin-Laced Letters to Obama, Bloomberg


Shannon Richardson, a former actress from Texas, pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg under a deal her attorney said would cap prison time at 18 years, reports the Associated Press. She was arrested in June after authorities said she tried to implicate her estranged husband, Nathan Richardson, after he had filed for divorce.

Richardson, 35, has had minor roles in the television series “The Walking Dead” and the movie “The Blind Side.” She purchased 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. Her letter to the President read in part, “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.”

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