A woman who threatened to assassinate Vice President Kamala Harris in a series of videos could face up to five years in prison.
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, made six recordings in which she said she was going to kill Ms Harris, just weeks after Vice President and President Joe Biden were sworn in earlier this year.
According to an affidavit, Phelps said “Kamala Harris, you are going to die”, in the first video she recorded, continuing: “Your days are already numbered.”
She said someone paid her $ 53,000 to kill Ms. Harris and added, “I’ll do the job, okay.”
The Florida nurse made five more threatening videos and sent them to her husband in prison, using JPay, an app that inmates use to communicate with those on the outside, reports The Washington Post.
Phelps, a mother of three, pleaded guilty on Friday to six counts of threats against the vice president. She is due to be sentenced on November 19 and faces up to five years in prison.
Phelps told investigators that one of the reasons for her threats was that she did not consider Ms Harris, who has a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, to be actually black.
She also believed in the discredited conspiracy theory that Ms Harris got hold of her purse instead of a Bible on the day of the opening, an idea she found disrespectful.
His lawyer, Scott Saul, told the Miami Herald that Phelps would not have followed through on her threats, but “was just letting off steam as she went through a tumultuous time in her life.”
In other videos, Phelps said she was “going to the shooting range” and, according to court records, told Ms Harris: “In 50 days you will die.”
Court documents show that after sending the videos to her husband, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon license.
In March of this year, Phelps was interviewed by a federal agent, to whom she said she was “done now”. However, when asked what she would have done if officials had not been made aware of her videos, she replied: “I don’t know”.
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