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Texas woman charged in Obama ricin threat

TEXARKANA, Texas — A pregnant Texas actor who first told the FBI that her husband sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, then allegedly said she sent them because her husband "made her" do it, was charged Friday with threatening the president.

Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, appeared in a Texarkana courtroom after being charged with mailing a threatening communication to the president. The federal charge carries up to 10 years in prison, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Davilyn Walston said.

Richardson, a mother of five who has played bit roles on television and in movies, was arrested earlier Friday for allegedly mailing the ricin-laced letters last month to the White House, Bloomberg and the mayor's gun control group in Washington. The letters threatened violence against gun control advocates, authorities said.

According to an FBI affidavit, Richardson contacted authorities on May 30 to implicate her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson. She later failed a polygraph test, and investigators looking into her story found numerous inconsistencies, the document said.

No charges have been filed against Nathaniel Richardson, 33.

Texas woman charged in Obama ricin threat 06/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 4:04am]
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