A Canadian and French citizen pleaded guilty Wednesday to nine biological-weapon-related counts for sending then-President Donald Trump a ricin-laced threatening letter at the White House in Sept. 2020 and eight similar letters to Texas law enforcement officials, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced.
Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, 55, sent the letters from Canada before driving to a Buffalo, New York, border crossing in Sept. 2020, where she was caught with weapons including a loaded gun and hundreds of ammunition rounds, according to the DOJ’s press release. She thought the law enforcement officials were linked to her roughly 10-week spring 2019 detention period in Texas and had stated on Twitter that someone should “please shoot [T]rump in the face.”
Ferrier was detained in Texas after being arrested for unlicensed firearm possession, according to The New York Times. Authorities ultimately deported her to Canada.
Ricin is a naturally-occurring poison in castor beans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ferrier’s letter to Trump called for him to “[g]ive up and remove [his] application” for the 2020 election, the DOJ said.
Ferrier will be sentenced to 21 years and ten months in prison at her scheduled April 26 hearing if the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia grants her plea agreements, the DOJ said.
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