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(DALLAS) — Shannon Guess Richardson, the Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last spring, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to her role in ordering the components to make the ricin and mailing the letters.

In exchange for her plea, the federal government has agreed to a sentence not exceeding 18 years.

When news of the ricin letters first came to light, Richardson, 36, falsely implicated her estranged husband, Nathan, who was never charged in the case.

Richardson, an actress, has had small roles in TV shows and films, including The Vampire Diaries, Franklin & Bash, The Change-Up and The Walking Dead.

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