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Woman Charged With Sending Ricin Letters To President Obama Has Ties To Augusta

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A pregnant Texas actress who told FBI agents that her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York City's mayor has been charged with threatening President Obama.

Shannon Guess Richardson was charged Friday in Texarkana, Texas. She faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted, of mailing a threatening communication to the president.

Richardson was once in Augusta for a bone marrow donation. She told WJBF News Channel 6 in May of 2011 that she wanted to make the donation after someone stepped in to help her son, who was at one time in need of a kidney.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Davilyn Walston says Richardson was arrested earlier in the day for mailing ricin-laced letters last month to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

It wasn't immediately clear if she has an attorney.

FBI agents wearing hazardous material suits were seen going in and out of Richardson's house on Wednesday in New Boston, about 150 miles northeast of Dallas near the Oklahoma and Arkansas.

To see the story that originally aired on WJBF News Channel 6 in May of 2011, click here.

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