(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A woman from Quebec received a 22-year prison sentence on Thursday for mailing ricin-laced letters to former President Trump in 2020.
55-year-old Pascale Ferrier admitted in January that she produced ricin at her residence and mailed the toxic letters to Trump and eight law enforcement officials in Texas.
Ricin is derived from the residue remaining after processing castor beans.
She was charged in Washington, D.C., with prohibitions concerning biological weapons. She faced an additional eight counts of the same charge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ferrier opted to consolidate the Texas proceedings with the Washington case for her plea and sentencing, as per a statement from the Justice Department.
Ferrier’s letter to Trump stated that he should “[g]ive up and remove [his] application for this election.” After mailing the letters, Ferrier, a dual citizen of Canada and France, traveled from Canada to a Buffalo, N.Y., border checkpoint. There, authorities detained her, having discovered a loaded gun, an extensive amount of bullets, and other weapons in her possession.
The prosecutors previously disclosed that Ferrier had been held in Texas for about ten weeks in 2019, suspecting that law enforcement had some involvement during her stay.
In January, Matthew Graves, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, commented when she entered her guilty plea, “There is no place for political violence in our country, and no excuse for threatening public officials or endangering our public servants.”
In May, documents regarding sentencing revealed that both Ferrier’s legal team and the Justice Department concurred that a prison term of 262 months, slightly under 22 years, was fitting. This duration had been settled upon in January as part of her plea arrangement and was formally ratified by the court on Thursday.