A Quebec woman who sent a poisoned letter to Trump pleads guilty
In addition to the poison sent to Donald Trump, Pascale Ferrier pleaded guilty to eight other counts relating to similar biological weapons offenses committed in Texas.
A Quebec woman accused of sending poison to former US President Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and accepted a prison sentence of nearly 22 years.
Pascale Ferrier, 55, presented her plea on Wednesday in United States District Court in Washington.
She also pleaded guilty to eight counts in connection with similar biological weapons offenses committed in Texas.
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich has yet to approve the 21-year, 10-month prison sentence recommendation, hearing being set for April 26.
Ms. Ferrier was arrested at a US border crossing on September 20, 2020 and was charged with sending Mr. Trump a letter containing the toxic poison ricin, which was intercepted on September 18 before ;to be delivered to the White House.
US authorities say Ms Ferrier also sent letters containing ricin to law enforcement and corrections officials in Texas, which have been linked to her arrest and detention in that state in Spring 2019.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that court documents show Ms. Ferrier admitted to making deadly ricin at her home south of Montreal in September 2020.
There is no place for political violence in our country, and no excuse to threaten our public officials or endanger our public servants, said U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew M. Graves , in a press release. We hope this decision serves as a warning that using our mail system to send poisonous substance and other such threats will cost you your freedom for many years to come.
Prosecutors say the letter to Donald Trump contained language similar to letters sent to Texas officials. The letter to Mr. Trump called the poison a special gift and concluded with a threat to find a better recipe for another poison or the letter writer threatened to use her gun when she might come. The letters were all signed Free Rebel Spirit [Free Rebel Spirit, Ed].
In a sworn affidavit to obtain a warrant for his arrest, a US federal police investigator, the FBI, wrote that the envelope contained a powdery white substance with a letter addressed to Mr. Trump, the ;calling The Ugly Clown Tyrant. The letter, intercepted less than two months before the 2020 presidential election, accused Mr. Trump of ruining the United States and called on him to give up his bid for re-election.
Authorities say when Ms. Ferrier was arrested she was in possession of a handgun and several other weapons, nearly 300 cartridges and a fake driver's license texan.