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Florida Woman Charged With Threatening Sandy Hook Parent Will Plead Guilty

A Florida woman charged with sending threats to the parent of a Sandy Hook victim is expected to plead guilty, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
A Florida woman charged with sending threats to the parent of a Sandy Hook victim is expected to plead guilty, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Photo Credit: File

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A Florida woman charged with sending death threats to the parent of a Sandy Hook victim will likely plead guilty to federal charges later this month, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Lucy Richards, 57, had initially plead not guilty to four counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce. But the Sun-Sentinel reported that a change-of-plea hearing is scheduled to take place on March 29.

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, along with 19 other first-graders and six educators.

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.

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.

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