A Florida woman who believed the 2012 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school was a hoax was sentenced to five months in federal prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to threatening a parent of one of the children killed.
Prosecutors accused ‘hoaxer’ Lucy Richards, 57, of saying she would kill a parent of a Sandy Hook Elementary School victim, telling the parent, “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon.”
Richards, of the Tampa area, pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale to one count of transmitting threats via interstate commerce in January 2016, according to a statement from the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
The parent was not named in the statement but previous reports identified him as Lenny Pozner, the father of Noah Pozner, a Jewish child killed in the rampage.
“Richards’ belief that the school shooting was a hoax and never happened motivated her to make the threats,” prosecutors said.
The attack at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.