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Pascale Ferrier, a Quebec woman who attempted to poison ex-President Donald Trump with a ricin letter in 2020, pleaded guilty to biological weapons charges and agreed to sentence that could keep her in prison for 22 years.
According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Ferrier sent a letter with homemade ricin to Trump at the White House in 2020 and eight Texas State law enforcement officials in 2019.
The release added that the court documents stated Ferrier made the poison in her home in Quebec.
Though not mentioned in the release itself, the Montreal Gazette reported that in the letter sent to Trump, Ferrier wrote several insults aimed at the former president.
“I found a new name for you: ‘The Ugly Tyrant Clown.’ I hope you like it,” Ferrier wrote. ““Give up and remove your application for this (upcoming) election. So I made a ‘Special Gift’ for you to make a decision. This gift is in this letter. If it doesn’t work, I’ll find (sic) better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’m able to come.”
Shortly after U.S. officials intercepted the letter to Trump, Ferrier made it to a border crossing in New York and informed the agents that she had sent it, prompting a vehicle search in which they found a firearm, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and other unspecified weapons.
Ferrier had previously been arrested in Texas in 2019 when she sent ricin-laden letters to eight Texas officials.
Ferrier’s sentencing hearing is set for April 26.