Sandy Hook Truther Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Victim's Family: Prosecutors
Lucy Richards, 57, believes the Sandy Hook School shooting was a hoax and was arrested was arrested on Monday.
A Tampa, Florida, woman was indicted Monday on four counts of transmitting threats to the family of one of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Authorities claim Lucy Richards, 57, is a Sandy Hook “truther” — someone who believes the infamous school shooting was a hoax.
Richards made an initial court appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Pizzo in Florida and is scheduled to appear in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, court on Dec. 19. It was not immediately clear if she has entered a plea or retained an attorney.
USA Today reports that Richards allegedly made a series of death threats against the parent of a child who was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The parent, Len Pozner, resides in south Florida, according to Today.
“We are comforted to know that the system is working to protect the victims of violent crime from re-victimization by potentially violent hoaxers,” Pozner said in a statement obtained by CBS News.
Richards was allegedly motivated to threaten the parent because she thought the elementary school shooting never happened, according to Time.
The Sandy Hook shooting resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.
The alleged threats were made in January 2016 and included messages such as, “You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” and, “LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH,” according to CBS News.
If Richards is convicted, each of her counts carries a maximum term of five years’ imprisonment.