Los Angeles Times

Woman admits to mailing poison to Trump

Canadian is expected to receive prison term of nearly 22 years.


WASHINGTON — A Canadian woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to mailing a threatenin­g letter containing the poison ricin to thenPresid­ent Trump at the White House.

The letter from Pascale Ferrier directing Trump to “give up and remove your applicatio­n for this election” was intercepte­d at a mail sorting facility in September 2020, before it could reach the White House.

The 55-year-old Quebec woman also pleaded guilty to sending similar threatenin­g letters to Texas law enforcemen­t officials. She is expected to be sentenced to 262 months in prison, just short of 22 years, under the terms of a plea deal with prosecutor­s. A sentencing hearing is set for April.

“There is no place for political violence in our country, and no excuse for threatenin­g public officials or endangerin­g our public servants,” the U.S. attorney in Washington, Matthew Graves, said in a statement.

Prosecutor­s said Ferrier made the ricin, a potentiall­y deadly poison derived from processing castor beans, then mailed it to Trump with a letter that referred to him as “The Ugly Tyrant Clown” and read in part: “If it doesn’t work, I’ll find better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come. Enjoy! FREE REBEL SPIRIT.”

She was arrested trying to enter a border crossing in Buffalo, N.Y., carrying a gun, a knife and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, authoritie­s said. Her lawyers did not immediatel­y respond to a message seeking comment on the plea.

The investigat­ion also turned up eight letters to Texas officials affiliated with facilities where Ferrier had been jailed in 2019. The notes created “fear and stress,” even though they didn’t succeed in poisoning their targets, said Alamdar Hamdani, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Ferrier pleaded guilty to violating biological weapons prohibitio­ns in separate criminal cases filed in Washington, D.C., and Texas.

Ferrier immigrated to Canada from France and is a dual citizen of the countries.

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