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Florida woman pleads guilty to threatening to kill Vice President Harris

Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty on Friday to a six-count indictment, together with prices of threats towards the vice chairman. Phelps is scheduled for sentencing on November 19. She faces up to 5 years in federal jail.

Phelps admitted throughout a plea listening to in district court docket in Florida that she despatched her husband, who was in jail, a 30-second video of herself threatening to kill Harris in February.

Prosecutors stated the movies present Phelps making threats and screaming curse phrases. She claimed that she had accepted $53,000 to perform the “hit” towards Harris inside 50 days, the Justice Department stated.

After sending these movies, Phelps despatched {a photograph} of herself holding a firearm with a goal sheet at a gun vary. Two days later, Phelps utilized for a hid weapon allow, prosecutors stated.

Phelps additionally admitted to telling regulation enforcement officers who dealt with this case that if they’d not come to her home, she did not know what would have occurred, in accordance to the Justice Department.

Phelps’ lawyer, Scott B. Saul, stated in an announcement on Tuesday that his consumer “is adamant that she was just venting as she was going through a tumultuous time in her life and never had an intent to carry out her threats.”

He added that “it has been important for Ms. Phelps to demonstrate her acceptance of responsibility as she begins to atone for her aberrant actions” however that she “plans on demonstrating significant mitigating circumstances” in an try to get an “equitable” sentence from the decide dealing with her case.

CNN has reached out to Harris’ workplace for remark.

This story has been up to date with an announcement from Phelps’ lawyer.

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