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Florida woman pleads guilty to threatening to kill Vice President Harris

Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty on Friday to six counts, including accusations of threats against the vice president. Phelps is due to be sentenced on November 19. She faces up to five years in federal prison.

Phelps admitted in a plea hearing in Florida district court that she sent her husband, who was in jail, a 30-second video of her threatening to kill Harris in February.

Prosecutors said the videos showed Phelps making threats and shouting curses. She claimed she accepted $ 53,000 to complete the “coup” against Harris within 50 days, the Justice Department said.

After submitting these videos, Phelps sent a photo of herself holding a gun with a target foil to 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 the case that if they hadn’t come to her house, she didn’t know what would have happened, according to the Justice Department.

Phelps’ attorney Scott B. Saul said in a statement Tuesday that his client “is adamant that she was just letting off steam as she went through a tumultuous time in her life and never had intended 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” for the purpose of obtain a “fair” sentence from the judge handling his case.

CNN has contacted Harris’s office for comment.

This story has been updated with a statement from counsel for Phelps.

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