Quebec woman who sent poison to Trump’s White House pleads guilty
WASHINGTON – A Quebec woman accused of sending poison to former President Donald Trump pleaded guilty and agreed to serve almost 22 years in prison.
Pascale Ferrier, 55, entered the appeal on Wednesday in US District Court in Washington, DC. She also pleaded guilty to eight counts related to similar biological weapons crimes committed in Texas.
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich has yet to approve the sentence of 21 years and 10 months in prison with a hearing scheduled for April 26.
Ferrier was arrested at a US border crossing on September 20, 2020 and accused of sending Trump a letter containing the poison ricin, which was intercepted on September 18 before it was delivered to -White House.
According to US authorities, Ferrier also sent letters containing ricin to eight law enforcement and correctional officers in Texas related to her arrest and detention in that state in -spring of 2019.
The US Department of Justice said in a press release that court documents show that Ferrier admitted to manufacturing the deadly ricin at her home south of Montreal in September 2020.
“There is no place in our country for political violence and no excuse for threatening public officials or endangering our public servants,” said US Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew M .Graves in the statement. “We hope this resolution serves as a warning that using our mail system to send a toxic substance and other such threats will cost you your freedom for many years to come.”
According to prosecutors, the letter to Trump contained language similar to letters sent to officials in Texas. The letter to Trump called the poison a “special gift” and ended with a threat to “find a better recipe for another poison, or use my gun if I can come.” The letters were all signed “Free Rebel Spirit”.
In an affidavit to obtain the warrant, an FBI investigator wrote that the envelope contained a white powdery substance with a letter addressed to Trump that he called “The Ugly Tyrant Clown.” The letter, intercepted less than two months before the 2020 presidential election, accused Trump of deserting the United States and urged him to “abandon” his re-election bid.
Authorities said Ferrier was in possession of a handgun and several other weapons, nearly 300 rounds of ammunition and a fake Texas driver’s license when she was arrested.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 25, 2023.
James McCarten, The Canadian Press