NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A Florida woman accused of threatening the father of a Sandy Hook victim has been arrested after failing to appear in court for the case, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Lucy Richards, 57, was arrested at Brandon Regional Hospital in the Tampa Bay area on Saturday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. A warrant had been issued for her arrest last week after she failed to show up for a court appearance, where she was expected to plead guilty to the charges and face sentencing, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Richards has been charged with four counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce and initially pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to court records, Richards made a series of death threats on Jan. 10, 2016, to a parent of one of the children killed in the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012. The parent resides in South Florida.
Officials said that Richards believes that the school shooting was a hoax and never happened, which motivated her to make the threats.
Richards is accused of making the threats against Len Pozner , whose son, Noah Pozner, 6, was killed along with 19 other first-graders and six educators.
When appearing in court after her most recent arrest, Richards said she wanted to face a jury, and that she had mental health problems and other health issues, the Sun-Sentinel reported. She has been turned over to the FBI and will appear in federal court in the next few days, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
When she initially appeared in court, Richards, who is on disability, said that she had visited conspiracy websites that led her to believe the shooting was a hoax, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The judge ordered her to avoid visiting those websites, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
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.