A Florida woman who believed the 2012 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school was a hoax was sentenced on Wednesday to five months in federal prison after pleading guilty to threatening the father of one of the 20 children killed, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney announced.
According to court records, Richards sent voicemail and email threats on or around Jan. 10, 2016, saying things such as “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon” and “LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH.”
Senior U.S. District Judge James Cohn called Richards’ actions against parent Lenny Pozner, the father of 6-year-old victim Noah, “disturbing” in court on Wednesday.
“I’m sure he wishes this was false and he could embrace Noah, hear Noah’s heartbeat and hear Noah say ‘I love you, Dad’,” Cohn told Richards, according to the AP. “Your words were cruel and insensitive. This is reality and there is no fiction. There are no alternative facts.”
Richards apologized in a statement before she was sentenced and said she could not account for actions against Pozner.
“I don’t know where my heart and head were that day, but they were not in the right place,” she said. “It was the worst mistake of my life and I am truly sorry.”
Richards’ initial arrest in December was announced just days after an armed man from North Carolina traveled to Washington, D.C., and fired an assault rifle in a pizza restaurant, claiming he was following up on unsubstantiated internet theories.