MIAMI, Fla. / CNN – A nurse in South Florida has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, Department of Justice officials have said.
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty on Friday to an indictment of six counts including charges of threats against the vice president. The woman is to be sentenced on November 19. She could spend up to five years in federal prison.
At a plea hearing, Phelps admitted that she sent her husband, who was in jail, a 30-second video of herself threatening to kill Harris in February.
The video shows Phelps making threats and shouting curses, prosecutors said. She claimed she accepted $ 53,000 to complete the “coup” against Harris within 50 days, the Justice Department said.
After submitting these videos, Phelps uploaded a photo of herself holding a gun with a target foil at a shooting range. Two days later, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon license, prosecutors said.
Phelps also admitted to telling law enforcement officers who handled this case that if they hadn’t come to her house, she didn’t know what would have happened.
Phelps’ attorney, Scott B. Saul, argued that his client “is adamant that she was letting off steam as she went through a tumultuous time in her life and had never had it. ‘intention to carry out his threats.’
He added that “it has been important for Ms Phelps to demonstrate her acceptance of responsibility as she begins to atone for her aberrant actions”, but that she “plans to demonstrate significant mitigating circumstances” with the aim of obtain a “fair” sentence from the judge handling his case.
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