Shannon Richardson, also known as Shannon Guess and Shannon Rogers, was arrested today on a criminal complaint issued by U.S. Magistrate Caroline Craven, according to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Richardson, 35, of New Boston was arrested for a federal violation in the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint charges Richardson with mailing threatening communication to the president of the United States.

Usually, if a person is convicted on this charge , he or she can face up to five years in prison. However, because it is federal official the letter was allegedly mailed to, Shannon Richardson faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, if convicted. 

On May 20, Shannon Richardson allegedly mailed three letters containing the toxin ricin. The letters were sent to President Barack Obama and Mark Glaze in Washington, D.C. and to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City. 

She was arrested in Mount Pleasant on Friday and has appeared before Craven. Shannon Richardson was remanded into federal custody after the hearing and a detention hearing has been set for June 14.

Attorney Tonda Curry will represent Shannon Richardson. 


3:15 p.m. Shannon Richardson is expected to make an initial appearance on criminal complaint within minutes. She was arrested about noon today. A press conference is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. today. 

2:40 p.m. Shannon Richardson has been taken back into the Federal Courthouse in Texarkana. Since that time, some news outlets are reporting Shannon Richardson has been arrested. That has not been independently verified. 

2:26 p.m. Shannon Richardson was escorted out of a local emergency room and into an SUV.



Shannon Richardson, the New Boston, Texas, woman who has been questioned by federal authorities and whose home was searched in the probe of ricin-laced letters, was escorted into the U.S. District Courthouse in Texarkana about noon today.

About a half hour later, she was taken from the courthouse to a local emergency room.

CBS News is reporting a female has been arrested in the case. 

New Boston is 25 miles west of Texarkana.

The letters were sent to President Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control advocacy group. Calls to the FBI in Dallas, which is handling the investigation, were not immediately returned.

Richardson’s husband, Nathan, who also has been interviewed by federal agents, filed divorce proceedings earlier this week against her.  His attorney said they had reason to believe Shannon Richardson’s call to the FBI about ricin in the couple’s home could have been a set-up.

A 3:30 p.m. press conference is scheduled at the Downtown Post Office in Texarkana.

More details will follow on the Gazette's Website throughout the day. 

Look for continuing coverage in Saturday’s Texarkana Gazette.

Published: 06/07/2013