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Shannon Guess Richardson Charged With 3 Counts For Ricin Letters

Helene Imperiale |
June 28, 2013 | 10:52 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Actress Shannon Guess Richardson was charged Friday Morning with 3 counts for mailing three threatening ricin-laced letters to President Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas, “A federal grand jury accused 35-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson of threatening the president and mailing threatening letters.”

The ricin letters were mailed sometimes around May 20th, 2013. 

Richardson’s alleged ploy was to frame her estranged husband, claiming that he was racist and hated Obama. However, Richardson was arrested on June 7 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and remains detained. 

If she is convicted of the crimes, she faces up to five years in federal prison for each of the charges.

Richardson is known for her roles in The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead. Additionally, she was in the movie The Blind Side.



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