Texas woman indicted in ricin letter-to-Obama case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted an East Texas woman who authorities say sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others in an attempt to frame her estranged husband.

Shannon Richardson, right, is led from the emergency room at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Texarkana Gazette, Curt Youngblood)

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted an East Texas woman who authorities say sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others in an attempt to frame her estranged husband.

Prosecutors announced Friday that 35-year-old Shannon Richardson is named in a three-count indictment. Richardson is accused of sending threatening letters in May to Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of the mayor's gun-control group.

Richardson, of New Boston, Texas, was arrested June 7. She faces up to five years in prison on each of the charges.

Richardson's court-appointed attorney, Tonda Curry, was not immediately available for comment Friday.

The government alleges she mailed the letters to pin the crime on Nathan Richardson, the man she married in 2011. He filed for divorce earlier this month.


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