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22 years in prison for a woman who sent letters with ricin

Pascale Ferrier, a Canadian woman, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison in the United States after pleading guilty to sending letters containing the deadly poison ricin, including one addressed to former President Donald Trump. The sentence comes as the culmination of a disturbing plot that involved sending lethal envelopes to prominent figures.

Ferrier, 56, agreed to the sentence in January, pleading guilty to the biological weapons charges. The lethal envelope intended for President Trump was intercepted before reaching the White House in September 2020.

During his trial, Ferrier expressed remorse that his plan had not succeeded in its intention. He relayed that he “couldn’t stop Trump,” revealing the motivations behind his actions. In a statement to the court, she presented herself as an activist rather than a terrorist, advocating peaceful means to achieve her goals.

The FBI’s investigation revealed Ferrier’s fingerprints on the letter addressed to Mr. Trump, where he urged him to withdraw from the presidential race. The disturbing letter referred to Trump as “The Ugly Tyrant Clown.”

District Judge Dabney Friedrich handed down a 22-year prison term for Ferrier, citing the potential lethality of his actions and their negative impact on society. Following his conviction, Ferrier faces deportation from the United States after serving his term. If she ever returns, she will be on lifetime supervision.

Ferrier also admitted to sending similarly tainted letters to eight law enforcement officials in Texas, making them responsible for his prior arrest in the state. In 2020, Ferrier was arrested while crossing the US-Canada border into Buffalo, New York, carrying a firearm, knife and ammunition.

The dangerous substance ricin, derived from castor processing waste, was used in the poisoned letters. Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours, depending on the dose. Ferrier had produced the poison at his home in Quebec and meticulously placed it inside an envelope along with his message.

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