A woman who was convicted of mailing a homemade poison to former President Donald Trump has received a lengthy prison sentence.
Thursday, U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich sentenced Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier to 262 months in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia.
Ferrier, a 56-year-old dual French and Canadian citizen, has been sentenced to approximately 22 years in prison.
In September 2020, Ferrier sent ricin-laced letters containing threats to the White House from her residence in Quebec, Canada.
She also dispatched the poison to eight Texas law enforcement officials whom she believed were responsible for her previous incarceration in the U.S.
According to the Department of Justice, Ferrier also urged critics of the then-president to “please shoot [T]rump in the face” in the same month.
Just In: Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier a dual citizen of Canada and France, was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for sending threatening letters with homemade ricin in Sept 2020, to the White House and Frm President Trump, as well as to 8 Texas State law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/BfDw55OTB5
— Ryan Sprouse (@RSprouseNews) August 17, 2023
Ferrier took matters into her own hands after dispatching the contaminated letters.
She was subsequently detained at the Peace Bridge Border Crossing in Buffalo, New York, where she was discovered with a firearm and hundreds of rounds of ammunition by border patrol agents.
Ferrier will be subject to a lifetime of supervised release upon her release from incarceration, a condition that may be negotiated with French or Canadian authorities, ensuring she will never be completely free of the criminal justice system.
According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, federal offenders convicted after November 1, 1987 are ineligible for parole. Additionally, Ferrier will be deported from the United States.
Despite pleading guilty as part of a plea bargain, Ferrier did not demonstrate contrition during her sentencing hearing.
“I consider myself to be an activist, not a terrorist,” Ferrier said of her actions, according to CNN.
“Activists are constructive, terrorists are destructive.”
“The only regret I have is that it didn’t work and that I couldn’t stop Trump.”
In two separate criminal proceedings — in the District of Columbia and Texas — Ferrier pled guilty to two counts of violating biological weapons prohibitions.