Hearing set for ricin-laced letters suspect

6/20/2013

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities don't want bond set for a Texas woman accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama threatening violence against gun-control advocates.

Shannon Richardson's detention hearing is set for Thursday in Texarkana. She's been in custody since her June 7 arrest.

Authorities say the 35-year-old pregnant actress sent the letters to Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last month, then tried to frame her estranged husband.

She faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of mailing a threatening communication to the president.

Her court-appointed attorney, Tonda Curry, says evidence shows that whoever committed the crime never meant for ricin to reach the addressees.

Ricin is a lethal poison.

Shannon Richardson has played bit roles on television and in movies under the name Shannon Guess.


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