Shannon Richardson, the Texas actress who admitted to mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama, former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, and the former head of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday. But hey, even though she sent a untreatable, highly toxic substance to the leader of our nation, she's still tooootally <3's him!
After Richardson was sentenced in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, formally charged with possessing and producing a biological toxin, she had some things that she wanted to clear up about all of this mailing-threatening-letters-laced-with-ricin hoopla. "I never intended for anybody to be hurt," Richard said at her sentencing. "I'm not a bad person. I don't have it in me to hurt anyone. I do love my country, and I respect my president."
Let's break this down for just a second, shall we?
"I never intended for anybody to be hurt."
I mean, generally, if you're not trying to hurt someone you don't mail letters full of toxins to them. Next time try a Hallmark card, hold the ricin.
"I'm not a bad person."
Surely not. You just mailed life threatening letters to three people then tried to blame it on your estranged husband. She's not a bad person. Just misunderstood.
"I don't have it in me to hurt anyone."
I'd like to take this opportunity to review the letter that accompanied Obama's ricin gift:
What's in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president. You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.
I'm fairly positive that shooting someone in the face qualifies as hurting.
"I do love my country, and I respect my president."
Richardson may love her country, or at least the part that allows her to keep her guns, but respecting Obama? Unless she's had some sort of major political intervention, I'm going to go ahead and say that attempting to take take the president's life is not in the least bit respectful. Nothing says R-E-S-P-E-C-T like R-I-C-I-N.
Richardson, who has had small roles in The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries, will also pay $367,000 in restitution as part of a plea deal she entered into in December. She was arrested last June while pregnant and gave birth to a son while in police custody.