Texas Actress Shannon Richardson aka Shannon Rogers & Shannon Guess, Arrested In Connection With Ricin-Tainted Letters Mailed To President Barack Obama & NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:39 pm

June 7, 2013



A Texas actress was arrested Friday in connection with allegedly ricin-tainted letters that were mailed last month to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, federal prosecutors said.

Shannon Richardson, 35, also known as Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess, allegedly also mailed a third letter with the toxin ricin to Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which was founded and co-chaired by Bloomberg, according to an FBI arrest affidavit from U.S. Attorney John M. Bales' office in Texas. The group's office is in Washington.

Richardson is accused of mailing a threatening communication to the president and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, the prosecutor said.

She made an initial appearance Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in Texarkana, Texas, the prosecutor said. She was arrested in Mount Pleasant, Texas, authorities said.

The three letters were mailed from Shreveport, Louisiana, last month, federal authorities say.

Richardson has had minor roles in TV series, including "The Walking Dead" and "The Vampire Diaries."

The FBI found "very low concentrations" of ricin on the letters, a spokesman said last month.

A law enforcement official told CNN's Susan Candiotti that they believe Richardson sent the letters herself. She was angry at her husband, the official said.

CNN reported early in the investigation that the FBI considered Richardson to have serious credibility issues when they began interviewing her.

Last week, authorities searched the home of her husband in New Boston, Texas, in connection with the threatening letters to Obama and Bloomberg.

FBI agents interviewed the husband after Richardson contacted authorities, saying she had found suspicious containers in their New Boston home, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were questions about what the wife told authorities.

"We're looking at the credibility of the complainant and using due diligence," the official said last week.

Both sources told CNN last week that the wife told authorities she found a suspicious container, and ricin research on the computer that she and her husband shared.

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Shannon, Shannon Shannon! huge waste

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Post by NiteSpinR on Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:13 pm

6/28/13

Federal prosecutors on Friday announced charges against a Texas woman who authorities believe sent letters containing the poison ricin to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 
Shannon Richardson, 35, allegedly mailed the poison to the three with a note that said, “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you,” according to a grand jury indictment filed in the Eastern District Court of Texas on Thursday.

“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns” and that anyone who comes to take them from her home will “get shot in the face," the note also said, according to the indictment.

The New Boston, Texas woman originally alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation that her then husband had sent the letters. She told authorities that she returned from a trip and found ricin in their home and that her husband had searched online for ricin recipes and information about the president.

However investigators say they found evidence that she sent the letters herself.

Her husband, Army veteran Nathaniel Richardson, filed for divorce earlier this month, according to Reuters.

Richardson’s lawyer, Tonda Curry, told the Associated Press that her client will plead not guilty and that the government must show that the woman had “the requisite mental state” to prove her actions were a crime. 

Curry told the AP that prosecutors may also charge Richardson with manufacturing or possessing a biological agent. 

"I'm hopeful that the counter-terrorism task force wouldn't even approve that charge, because it's clear in this case that whatever was done was not done for the purpose of hurting the president, the mayor or anyone else," Curry said.

The letters sent to Obama and Bloomberg were discovered during a routine mail screening processes. The letter to the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze, was opened.

Both Obama and Bloomberg have pushed for stricter gun control laws. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a group founded by Bloomberg to advocate for more stringent restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.

Richardson is an actress who has had minor roles on shows like The Walking Dead and the Vampire Diaries. 

Richardson was arrested on June 7 and was charged with one count of threatening the president and two counts of mailing a threatening communication. Each count has a maximum sentence of up to five years.

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