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She believes Sandy Hook was fake. The feds say her threats to a parent were real

In this Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Christmas stockings with the names of shooting victims hang from railing near a makeshift memorial near the town Christmas tree in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. In the wake of the shooting, the grieving town was trying to find meaning in Christmas.
In this Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Christmas stockings with the names of shooting victims hang from railing near a makeshift memorial near the town Christmas tree in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn. In the wake of the shooting, the grieving town was trying to find meaning in Christmas. AP

Lucy Richards of Tampa believes the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy — in which 20 children and six adults died in Newtown, Conn. — to be a hoax.

Richards, 57, was arrested Monday, accused in a federal court indictment of threatening a Florida parent who lost a child in the shooting:

“you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon.”

“death is coming to you real soon and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“look behind you, death is coming to you real soon.”

“LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH.”

The first three threats were verbal. The fourth was written. All were sent on or around Jan. 10, according to the indictment. They form the basis of Richards’ four counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce. Each count is worth a maximum of five years.

Richards’ previous criminal record shows only a plea of no contest to petit theft in 1997.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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