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Texas woman admits to sending ricin to Obama

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 12:32 p.m. CDT
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(AP Photo/The Texarkana Gazette, Curt Youngblood, File)
FILE - In this June, 7, 2013, file photo, Shannon Richardson is escorted to a Titus County Sheriff's car after a court appearance in Texarkana, Texas. Richardson has a federal court appearance scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Texarkana, Texas, and is expected to plead guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Shannon Guess Richardson entered her guilty plea Tuesday in Texarkana, Texas.

Her attorney, Tonda Curry, has said the plea deal caps any prison sentence at 18 years.

Curry said Richardson was ready to admit her role in sending toxic letters to Obama, Bloomberg and the head of Bloomberg's pro-gun control group.

Prosecutors say that before her arrest in June, Richardson tried to frame her now-estranged husband for mailing the letters containing ricin, a powdery substance that can cause respiratory failure if inhaled.

Richardson has had minor roles in the television series "The Walking Dead" and the movie "The Blind Side."

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