HOUSTON, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at a court in the U.S. state of Texas, local media reported.
Shannon Guess Richardson, an actress and mother-of-six, admitted in court to possessing and producing a biological toxin as accused by prosecutors, newspaper Houston Chronicle reported on its website.
She acknowledged that she ordered castor beans online and learned how to process them into a substance used to make ricin, and also obtained an email address, a online shopping account and a post office box in her husband's name without his knowledge, according to the report.
Richardson, 35, was arrested in June after she allegedly sent the letters not only to Obama and Bloomberg, but to the New York mayor's Washington gun-control group, the report said, before trying to implicate her husband, who has not been charged.
The content of the letters is believed to be threat of violence against gun-control advocates, authorities said. A date for sentencing has not yet been given.
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HOUSTON, July 23 (Xinhua) -- The woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama has given birth prematurely to a baby in Texas while in custody, local media reported Tuesday.
An attorney for 35-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson said she gave birth to a boy on July 4, and the baby faces serious medical issues due to the premature birth and remains hospitalized.Full Story
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HOUSTON, June 28 (Xinhua) -- A woman in the U.S. state of Texas was indicted Friday on charges that she sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama in an attempt to frame her husband, U.S. media reported.
The woman, by the name of Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, was charged by the federal government with two counts of mailing a threatening communication to the president and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States, the website of Houston Chronicle reported.Full Story