Actress Pleads Guilty To Sending Ricin to President Obama
Shannon Guess Richardson was arrested in June after authorities said she tried to implicate her ex-husband, Nathan Richardson, after he had filed for divorce. Federal prosecutors found that Prosecutors say Shannon mailed three letters from New Boston, outside Texarkana, Texas, then went to police and claimed that her husband had done it.
Ricin is a toxin that can cause respiratory failure if inhaled.
Yesterday, actress Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty to sending ricin to President Obama, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Under the plea deal, her attorney Tonda Curry, said that sentencing would be capped to 18 years. Shannon was facing a life-sentence.
Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, and mother of six, had minor roles in the television series The Walking Dead and the movie The Blind Side.
Attorney Tonda Curry stated, “Shannon is anxious to admit her role in ordering the components to make the ricin, her role in the letters that contained the ricin, and to tell the government who else was involved in those offenses,” Curry said.
Curry did not say anything about Richardson’s possible motives or whom she might name.