A Florida woman has pleaded not guilty on charges that she sent death threats across state lines to a man whose son was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. Prosecutors told the judge that Lucy Richards, 57, told FBI agents after her arrest that she’d been “looking at these sites about government hoaxes” and “got angry,” leading her to threaten Lenny Pozner.
Pozner’s son Noah was the youngest Sandy Hook victim, just five years old when he was killed by the gunman. Pozner has since dedicated himself to fighting truthers who claim that Sandy Hook and other mass casualties are staged events. He also founded the HONR Network, which says it supports families being targeted by what they call “hoaxers.”
Pozner has spoken frequently about James F. Tracy, the conspiracy blogger and former professor who demanded certified proof that Noah had ever lived. Richards, according to a Sun-Sentinel account of her arraignment hearing, hasn’t held a job in over a decade, can’t drive, uses a walker, and gets by each month on $900 in disability assistance and SNAP benefits:
Richards used a walker and wore furry black house slippers, black pants and a flowery top in court. The former waitress, who said she has been unemployed since 2004, spoke in a soft voice and told the judge she is receiving Social Security disability assistance.
Richards is being charged with four felony counts of transmitting threats across state lines. She pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Monday. She reportedly doesn’t have a computer, but uses her cell phone to access the internet. After perusing those unnamed websites, she’s accused of sending Pozner three voicemails (“You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” was one of the messages, prosecutors say) and one email, which allegedly contained the words, “Look behind you it is death.” NBC Miami reports that Richards said her only previous arrest was for theft, for stealing “two sandwiches” due to hunger.
Richards, who is represented by a federal public defender, remains free on bond. She’s been ordered to seek mental health treatment, stay off conspiracy websites, and avoid contacting any Sandy Hook families. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.