Shannon Richardson Sent Ricin Letters for Fame, Claims Hubby

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Friday, 14 Jun 2013 12:49 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Shannon Richardson, the Texas actress who was arrested last week for allegedly mailing ricin-laced letters to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama did so to "get her face out there," according to her estranged husband whom she reportedly tried to frame for the crime.

Army veteran Nathaniel Richardson appeared on the "Today" show Thursday to discuss the reason he thinks his pregnant wife and mother of five tried to poison Bloomberg and the president.

"She really wanted to be an actress," he told Savannah Guthrie. "She wanted to get her face out there."

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Shannon Richardson, 35, of New Boston, Texas, was arrested June 7 and charged with mailing a threatening communication.

Richardson, an actress who has appeared briefly on "Vampire Diaries" and "The Walking Dead," reportedly sent the letters that contained the poison last month. She later called police and told them that her husband had sent the letters, claiming she had found a Tupperware container full of castor beans — which are used to make ricin — in their refrigerator.

But after round and rounds of FBI questioning, authorities reportedly discovered that it was Richardson herself who had mailed the letters.

Nathaniel Richardson said he was shocked to learn that his wife had allegedly framed him.

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"It was kind of like disbelief, or it was like a bad dream," Richardson said on "Today." "The person she was wasn’t real. She has done this to herself. She has destroyed my reputation and my life but there’s a way up from this and if I sit here and focus on anger, I can't focus on getting on with my life."

Shannon Richardson could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to federal prosecutors.

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