FL Woman Gets Prison Term for Newtown Parent Threat

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A Florida woman who didn’t believe the mass shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School actually happened was sentenced yesterday to five months in prison for threatening one of the victim’s parents, reports BuzzFeed News. In an agreement with prosecutors, 57-year-old Lucy Richardson pleaded guilty to threatening the father of Noah Pozner, a first-grader who was killed in the 2012 shooting at the school. Richardson sent four voice and email messages to Lenny Pozner on or around Jan. 10, 2016, containing threats like “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon.”

She was sentenced to five months behind bars plus three years of supervised release, during which she may not access a list of conspiracy theory websites, including Alex Jones’ Infowars. Judge James Cohn told her there are no “alternative facts,” the Associated Press reported. “I’m sure [Pozner] wishes this was false and he could embrace Noah, hear Noah’s heartbeat and hear Noah say ‘I love you, Dad’,” Cohn told Richardson. “Your words were cruel and insensitive. This is reality and there is no fiction. There are no alternative facts.” Since 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at the school in Newtown, Ct., online conspiracies have claimed the shooting was a hoax. The dead were actors or never existed at all, conspiracies claimed, pointing fingers at gun-control lobbyists and the Obama administration. In response, Pozner created the HONR Network, a group aimed at fighting back against the harassment and abuse faced by victims of high-profile crimes and their families.

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