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New Boston ricin suspect pleads guilty

The woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters changes her plea to guilty.

The Texas woman accused of mailing ricin-filled letters, changes her plea.


On Tuesday, 35-year-old Shannon Richardson was in Federal Court and pled not guilty.


It's been a long case for everyone involved.


It was in June when Richardson was first arrested.


Watching her in court, you can tell that this ordeal has taken a toll on her.


Richardson faced up to life in prison for developing, producing and transferring of a toxic substance.


She allegedly mailed ricin-laced letters to the President, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze.


Richardson originally tried to frame her husband, Nathaniel, but on  Tuesday, under oath, she pled guilty.


With this change of plea, she now faces up to 18 years behind bars, there'll also be 5-years of supervised release.


Richardson's attorney, Tonda Curry, wasn't available for comment, but Nathaniel's attorney, John Delk, says he believes it's fair.


"18 may not be enough to justify what my client has been through, but I think on the whole, it's a just result and I'm happy to see that we avoided the expenses and trauma of going to trial on it."

 

A judge will go over this plea and must approve it.


Once that's done, Richardson can then move on to sentencing.


That process is expected to take up to 90 days.


Nathaniel was not at the courthouse, but Delk says he's doing well.


He's gone back to his job at the Depot and is now trying to get his life back to normal.


In terms of their son, Brody, Delk says he's also doing fine.


If you remember, Brody was born about three months early on July 4th.


He was in a hospital, but has been released and is now getting the care he needs at another location.

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