A Florida woman was so convinced that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were fake that she sent threatening emails to the father of one of the children killed in the massacre.
New York Daily News reports that Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa, sent four emails and left four threatening messages to the father of a 6-year-old Noah Pozner. The offensive and hate-filled messages resulted in a prison sentence for Richards after Senior U.S. District Judge James Cohn ordered her to five months behind bars.
“You gonna [sic] die, death is coming to you real soon” read one of the messages.
“You have the absolute right to think and believe as you so desire,” Cohn told Richards. “You do not have the right to transmit threats to another.”
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Noah, along with 19 other children, was killed on December 14, 2012, when gunman Adam Lanza walked intoSandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and opened fire. Lanza then killed himself without offering a motive. Six adults were also killed in the catastrophe.
Although Richards suffers from mental illness, Cohn stressed that her mental state did not play a factor in her behavior towards Lenny Pozner, Noah’s father. Court documents indicate that Richards was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and agoraphobia.
Sandy Hook truther sentenced to prison for death threat to victim Noah Pozner's parents. https://t.co/nDAxH8CnMO
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Richards apologized for her actions after she pleaded guilty to threatening Lenny Pozner. She admitted that she made the “worst mistake” of her life.
“I don’t know where my heart and head were that day, but they were not in the right place.I t was the worst mistake of my life, and I am truly sorry.”
Upon her release from prison, Richards will serve three years on supervised probation and any Internet activity will be tracked. She’s already served two months of her five-month sentence. She was arrested on April 1 after she failed to show up to court.
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