A pregnant mother and occasional television actress was indicted in federal court on charges of mailing ricin-filled letters to President Obama and other leading public figures, USA Today reported on Friday.
Shannon Richardson is charged on three counts that involve threatening the U.S. commander-in-chief and sending two other threatening communications. Each of the charges carries with it a five-year prison sentence.
The 35-year-old New Boston, Texas, resident reportedly mailed ricin-laced envelopes to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of the mayor's gun safety organization.
John Delk, the lawyer for her estranged husband, Nathan Richardson, accused Shannon Richardson of trying to make it look as if his client had sent the letters.
The May 20 letter to Obama, which never reached him, reads, "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."