A 36-year-old actress who had roles on Walking Dead and The Blind Side was sentenced to an 18-year prison sentence for the making and possession of a biological toxin. She pleaded guilty in December, having been arrested last June. CBS News reports that Shannon Richardson sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She wasn't trying to hurt anybody, she told the court--yet her husband may think otherwise. After mailing the letters, Richardson went to the police and told them her husband had done it. The couple was getting a divorce. Apparently she wanted him to go away for about 18 years.
Richardson bought the materials online to make the deadly toxin. Then she learned how to process it into a potent biological weapon. Then she simply put it in the mail. Shannon Richardson sometimes went by the stage name Shannon Guess.
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