'Walking Dead' Actress Arrested in Connection to Obama, Bloomberg Ricin Letters
Walking Dead actress Shannon Richardson (also known as Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess) has been arrested in connection with the ricin-laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama, New York City Major Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, a gun control advocate in Washington, D.C., last month.
NBC News first reported news of the arrest.
The 35-year-old actress was arrested in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on Friday and appeared in front of Judge Caroline Craven Friday afternoon in Texarkana, Texas, for an initial appearance. She was charged with mailing a threatening communication to the President of the United States, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
If convicted, Richardson faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
According to NBC's report, Richardson had previously called the Federal Bureau of Investigation to claim that her husband had sent the letters. Investigators reportedly later discovered that she, in fact, had sent the letters herself.
Richardson, who has also appeared on The Vampire Diaries, hails from New Boston, Texas. Her husband, Nathaniel Richardson, is an Army veteran. According to The New York Times, Richardson has five sons.
The letters, discovered during a routine mail screening process, were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La., and sent with a return address. A copy of the letter was obtained by NBC New York.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns,” the message sent to Bloomberg read. “Anyone who wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas, the case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service. Also providing assistance to the investigation are the New Boston, Texas, police department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Shreveport, La., police department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys D. Ryan Locker, Frank Coan and Brit Featherston.