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21-Year Term Due For Woman Who Sent Ricin To Trump, TX Officials

A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to mailing ricin to then-President Trump and eight Texas state law enforcement officials in September 2020. Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 55, ho has dual citizenship in Canada and France, admitted she sent the threatening letters to Trump and the law enforcement officials along with the highly toxic substance, The Hill reports. Ricin is a toxin made from waste material left over from processing castor beans. Ferrier was detained in Texas for 10 weeks in 2019, and she believed that the law enforcement officials played a role in the time she spent in custody. She tweeted in September 2020 that someone should shoot Trump “in the face.”

The letter sent to Trump told him to “[g]ive up” and drop out of the 2020 presidential race. Ferrier sent the letters from Canada and then drove into Buffalo, N.Y. U.S. Border Patrol officials stopped her after finding her in possession of a loaded firearm, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and other weapons. She was arrested and has remained in federal custody. Ferrier pleaded guilty to prohibitions with respect to biological weapons in two separate criminal cases. She is scheduled to be sentenced on April 26. The plea agreement will have her sentenced to 262 months in prison, or more than 21 years, if accepted by the judge. “There is no place for political violence in our country, and no excuse for threatening public officials or endangering our public servants,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves. “We hope this resolution will serve as a warning that using our mail system to send a toxic substance and other threats of this type will cost you your freedom for many years.”


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