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Former beauty queen gets 18 years jail for sending poisonous letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

By Mason White 5:03 PM July 17, 2014
Shannon Guess Richardson 

By: Anika Rao
A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of producing a biological toxin after sending poisonous letters to the President of the United States and to the New York City Mayor, prosecutors in Texas said.

Now, 36-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson of New Boston, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The former Dallas beauty queen, who had minor roles in television and film, sent President Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg letters laced with ricin.

She pleaded guilty to possessing and producing a biological toxin. She will also have to pay $367,000 in restitution as part of a plea bargain deal with prosecutors.

Richardson apologized before U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider.

“I had never intended for anyone to be hurt,” she said. “I’m not a bad person. I love my country, and I respect my president,” Richardson added.

She tried to implicate her former husband, Nathan Richardson, for sending the letters. Ricin is a toxin that can cause respiratory failure if inhaled.