Tampa woman plans guilty plea in Sandy Hook parent threat case

Posted at 12:57 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:02:16-04

An attorney for a Florida woman says she will plead guilty to threatening a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Connecticut.

The public defender for 57-year-old Lucy Richards said in court papers filed Wednesday the case will be resolved in a guilty plea. Richards failed to appear at a March plea hearing and was later arrested at her Tampa-area home.

Under the previous agreement, Richards was to plead guilty to a charge of interstate transmission of a threat to injure for threatening Lenny Pozner, the father of Noah Pozner, who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Prosecutors said Richards told them she believed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.

Richards, was indicted on 4 counts of transmitting threats through interstate communications, accused of saying in part "death is coming to you real soon and there's nothing you can do about it" and "look behind you it is death."


According to the indictment, the threats started around Jan. 2016 and they were directed toward Lenny Pozner, whose son Noah, was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

Terms of a new plea agreement have not been made public.