Shannon Richardson, who was arrested in June 2013 for mailing ricin-rich letters to the president, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the head of his gun control collective, The Raben Group, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison.
Richardson received the maximum sentence for possessing and producing a biological toxin. She also has to pay $367,000 in restitution as part of a plea bargain.
Richardson, who bought the ingredients for the toxin online, mailed the three letters in May of 2013, then went to police and told them her husband, who had recently filed for divorce, had done it. She had waited for him to leave for work, then printed the labels for the letters.
She included a note in the letter that read, “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president, 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.”
Richardson had minor roles in “The Walking Dead” and “Blind Side.” She had been pregnant at the time of her arrest, and a month later give birth in jail.
She told the judge Wednesday that she loved her country and respected her president.
“I never intended for anybody to be hurt. I’m not a bad person. I don’t have it in me to hurt anyone.”