Actress Indicted in Ricin Letters Frame-up

Feds: Shannon Richardson sent letters to Obama, Bloomberg

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 28, 2013 12:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Texas actress was indicted today on charges that she sent ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame her estranged husband. Shannon Richardson, 35, is charged with two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States, say federal prosecutors.

Richardson was arrested on June 7. She is accused of sending the threatening letters in May to Obama, Bloomberg, and a third man who heads the mayor's gun-control group. Richardson faces up to five years in prison on each of the charges. The government accused her of mailing the letters and trying to pin the crime on Nathan Richardson, the man she married in 2011. He filed for divorce earlier this month. The actress has had minor roles on television and in films under the name Shannon Guess.

In this undated file photo, actress Shannon Richardson poses for a photo, in Texarkana, Texas. She also uses the stage name Shannon Guess.   (AP Photo/Texarkana Gazette)
Shannon Richardson is placed into a Titus County Sheriff's car on June 7.   (AP Photo/The Texarkana Gazette, Curt Youngblood)
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