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Texas Woman Indicted In Ricin Letter-To-Obama Case

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Members of U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division secure an area in front of White House in Washington, DC earlier this year. A letter addressed to US President Barack Obama has preliminarily tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

A Texas woman who had minor acting roles in film and television was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricing-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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