NEWTOWN, Conn. — A Florida woman charged with sending death threats to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 school shootings in Sandy Hook blamed her actions on being angry from looking at government hoax websites, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Lucy Richards, a 57-year-old from Brandon, said this in a Fort Lauderdale court hearing Monday, where she pleaded not guilty on four federal felony charges of transmitting threats in interstate commerce, the Sun-Sentinel said.
Richards made the threats against Len Pozner , whose son, Noah Pozner, 6, was killed on Dec. 14, 2012, along with 19 other first-graders and six educators.
Richards used a walker in court and told the judge she is on disability, said the Sun-Sentinel. At the hearing, the judge ordered her to refrain from visiting hoax websites and from contacting families of Sandy Hook victims, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Pozner created an organization called the HONR Networks , to bring awareness to the cruelty and criminality of hoaxer activity.
Other victim's family members have been harassed or victimized by hoax theorists, some of whom suggest the shooting was orchestrated by government officials for political reasons.
Gene Rosen, a Newtown resident who was reported to have sheltered six Sandy Hook students and a bus driver in his home during the shooting, has been subject to harassment online alleging he was complicit in a government cover-up, among other things.
Robbie Parker, father of victim Emilie Parker, became the target of conspiracy theorists after doing a CNN interview on the day after the shooting. They claimed the interview was staged and said Parker is a "crisis actor" and was "getting into character" before going on CNN to grieve the loss of his child.
If convicted, Richards faces a maximum of five years in prison on each count.
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