A Florida woman will spend five months in prison after she admitted to sending death threats to the father of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, The Washington Post reported.
“I don’t know where my head and my heart were that day when I made the calls but they were not in the right place,” said Lucy Richards, 57, at her sentencing.
Senior U.S. District Judge James Cohn sentenced her to five months in federal prison, followed by five months of electronic monitoring, and three years of supervised release. Cohn also said that Richards had to cease from visiting websites that promote Sandy Hook conspiracy theories that claim the shooting never happened.
Richards, according to the judge, had been a part of a group that believed some mass shootings were “false flag” operations by the government in order to enact gun control legislation. She began sending death threats to one of the parents of the Connecticut shooting, Leonard Pozner, who lost his 6-year-old son Noah on that December day.
Though Richards has a history of mental health problems, Cohn said he did not think they were a factor in her decision, instead blaming “hatred and bigotry,” which he said had “at least some bearing.”
“Your words were cruel and insensitive,” the judge told Richards. “Your words … do have consequences. Words do matter. This is reality. There is no fiction [here] and there are no alternative facts.”
“Unfortunately for Leonard Pozner, his loss is all too real,” he continued. “I am sure he wishes this was fake and he could embrace Noah, feel Noah’s heartbeat and hear Noah say ‘I love you, Dad.’ All too real, Mr. Pozner is left with shattered dreams and a broken heart that will never mend.”
[Image: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]