East Texas woman charged with threatening President
A pregnant actress from New Boston, Texas is accused of threatening ricin-laced letters to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and a Washington-based gun control group.
The US attorney’s office says 35-year old Shannon Guess Richardson could face up to ten years in prison if convicted. Authorities say the tainted letters were likely mailed from New Boston or nearby Texarkana, and postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana. The mother of five reportedly said her estranged husband “made her do it” but changed her story after inconsistencies surfaced. Her baby is due in October.
She is currently in federal custody and is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing Friday. Prosecutors want her held without bail.
Richardson – whose professional name is Shannon Guess - has played bit roles in several television shows and movies; her resume included appearances on “The Vampire Diaries”, “The Walking Dead”, and the hit movie “The Blind Side.”