'Vampire Diaries' actress charged in ricin letters case
A Texas actress has been indicted on three federal threat charges for allegedly sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, head of a gun-control organization.
The indictment, made public Friday, charges 35-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson of New Boston, TX., with threatening the President of the United States and two charges of mailing threatening letters. If convicted, Richardson could be sentenced to five years imprisonment for each charge. The mother of five remains jailed.
Richardson, a former Dallas beauty queen who has had minor roles in TV series including The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, and All My Children,was arrested June 7.
In the ricin-laced letter to President Obama mailed May 20, Richardson allegedly wrote, "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."
The letter claims to be written by a man who has served in the U.S. Army, is married and has children, and blames the president for not being able to retire.
"(I will) make sure you wont be runnin' this country in the ground any further," the letter said. "What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president."
Richardson allegedly sent similar letters to Bloomberg and Glaze.
John Delk, an attorney for Richardson's husband Nathan Richardson, said Richardson sent the letters in an attempt to set up her husband, who is seeking a divorce. Richardson contacted federal investigators claiming she had found a suspicious substance in the refrigerator and ricin-related internet searches on the couple's computer.
Gotta love the "before" and "afters."