A woman from Quebec, Canada with dual citizenship with Canada and France pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sending a threatening letter containing homemade ricin to then-President Donald Trump.
The White House received the letter in September 2020. Additional letters were sent to various Texas law enforcement officials. A statement from the White House was also sent. Department of Justice said.
Court documents show that Pascale Cecile Veronique FerrierIn the plea agreements, Ferrier, 55, admitted that she had made ricin from castor beans at her Quebec home. Ferrier admitted that she had placed ricin in letters containing Trumpa and Texan officials.
According to the DOJ, “Ferrier was detained in the State of Texas for around 10 weeks in the spring of 2019, and she believed that the law enforcement officials were connected to her period of detention. In early September 2020, Ferrier used the Twitter social media service to propose that someone should ‘please shoot [T]rump in the face.'”
The letters contained threatening language. Trump was instructed to respond to the letter. “[g]ive up and remove [his] application for this election.”
Ferrier was driving a car between Canada and the Peace Bridge Border Crossing in Buffalo (New York) when the letters were sent. Agents from border patrol found Ferrier with a loaded gun as well as several other weapons.
The statement says that Ferrier pleaded guilty to “prohibitions with respect to biological weapons before the Honorable Dabney L. Friedrich of the US District Court for the District of Columbia,” As well as “eight additional violations of prohibitions with respect to biological weapons in a case brought against her in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and consented to the transfer of that case to the District of Columbia for plea and sentencing.”
The April 26th sentencing date has been set. If the court accepts her plea agreement, she will receive a sentence of up to 262 month imprisonment.
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