A Canadian woman has pleaded guilty to charges of sending a poisoned letter to United States president Donald Trump.
Pascale Ferrier, 55, entered the plea Wednesday in United States District Court in Washington, D.C. She also pleaded guilty to eight charges related to similar biological weapons offences committed in Texas.
According to the agreement, Ferrier made ricin at her home in Quebec, Canada, and put the poison in letters addressed to Trump and the Texas officials.
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich still needs to agree to the sentence recommendation of 21 years and 10 months in prison, with a hearing set for April 26.
The letters included references to a “special gift” and said that, “If it doesn’t work, I will find a better recipe for another poison,” according to the agreement. In several letters, Ferrier wrote that she “might use my gun when I will be able to come.”
Ferrier was arrested at a U.S. border crossing on Sept. 20, 2020 and charged with sending a letter to Trump containing the poison ricin, which was intercepted Sept. 18 before it was delivered to the White House.
In her letter to Trump, Ferrier wrote, “You ruin USA and lead them to disaster. I have US cousins, then I don’t want the next 4 years with you as President. Give up and remove your application for this election!”
U.S. authorities say Ferrier also sent letters containing ricin to eight law enforcement and corrections officials in Texas, who were connected to her arrest and detention in that state in the spring of 2019.
Ferrier told border officials that she was wanted by the FBI for the letters, the agreement says.
“This woman did not succeed in her efforts to poison numerous public officials in our district, but her actions still created fear and stress for many of these dedicated public servants,” US Attorney Alamdar Hamdani said in a statement from the Justice Department.
“There is no place for political violence in our country, and no excuse for threatening public officials or endangering our public servants,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew M. Graves said in the statement.
“We hope this resolution will serve as a warning that using our mail system to send a toxic substance and other threats of this type will cost you your freedom for many years.”