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Update: Arrest in Ricin Letters Sent to President, NYC Mayor

New Boston, Texas woman taken into custody by federal officials.
Update (3:15 p.m.):
TEXARKANA, TX (Department of Justice News Release) - A 35-year-old New Boston, Texas woman has been arrested for a federal violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and FBI Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez. 
     
Shannon Richardson, also known as Shannon Guess and Shannon Rogers, was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven. The complaint charges Richardson with mailing a threatening communication to the President of the United States.   

According to the arrest affidavit, on May 20, 2013, Richardson is alleged to have actually mailed three letters containing the toxin ricin. The letters were sent to President Barack Obama and Mark Glaze in Washington, D.C., and Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City. Richardson was arrested today in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and appeared before Judge Craven this afternoon in Texarkana, Texas, for an initial appearance.

If convicted, Richardson faces up to 10 years in federal prison. 

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service. Also providing assistance to the investigation are the New Boston, Texas Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Shreveport, Louisiana Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys D. Ryan Locker, Frank Coan and Brit Featherston.

Note: Initial reports indicated Richardson had been arrested in Arkansas.

Original report (1:50 p.m.):
NEW BOSTON, TX (CNN Affiliate KTBS) - Sources tell KTBS 3 News that Shannon Richardson has been transported from the courthouse to St. Michaels Hospital in Texarkana. It is unknown at this time why she is at the hospital.

Shannon Richardson was arrested Friday for allegedly sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg's gun control group in Washington D.C. Federal investigators began focusing on the area after learning that the letters were postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Shannon's husband, Nathan Richardson, was named as a person of interest after Shannon contacted authorities about a suspicious substance she found in their refrigerator. Nathan Richardson was questioned by the FBI last week and released. Colt Caywood, a Richardson family friend, says that FBI officials have been interviewing some of the family's friends.

Attorney John Delk says his client Nathan Richardson approached him about getting a divorce a year before the FBI searched the couple's house.

Richardson's wife reportedly alerted authorities to suspected ricin in the couple's New Boston home.

"We have very good reason to believe it was a setup," said Delk.

FBI haz-mat teams have been in and out of the home since Friday.

The couple has been married since October 2011 and are expecting a child. Shannon Richardson already had five children when they married. While the divorce papers have been filed, the divorce will not be final until Shannon gives birth.
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