Ex-actress and Texas resident Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty today to mailing ricin-tainted correspondence to New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and President Barack Obama. A federal indictment indicates the letter to Obama stated: “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president.”
Online sources state the letter mailed to Bloomberg read: “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone who comes to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my Constitutional God-given right, and I will exercise that right until the day I die.”
Richardson also pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin to a judge in a federal court in Texarkana, Texas. Ricin, the substance in question, is a powder-like material that can possibly cause respiratory failure once inhaled.
Under a plea bargain agreement established by her attorney, Tonda Curry, Richardson could serve a sentence of up to 18 years. Curry noted in November that Richardson was prepared to concede her involvement in mailing the poisonous penned letters to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg and the leader of Bloomberg’s pro-gun control organization.
According to a filed FBI affidavit, Richardson originally told law enforcement agencies her husband, Nathan Richardson, was responsible. Her statements were later proven unreliable when she failed a polygraph test. According to the affidavit, Shannon Richardson, who had minor parts in the TV show “The Walking Dead” and the motion picture The Blind Side, eventually confessed she mailed the letters but still claims she was forced to do so by her estranged spouse.
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