Woman charged in Sandy Hook parent death threat pleads not guilty

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman accused of threatening the parent of a boy killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting because she thought it was a hoax pleaded not guilty and was barred from visiting websites that promote such false conspiracy theories.

On Monday 57-year-old Lucy Richards entered her plea in Fort Lauderdale federal court, and a public defender was appointed to represent her.

Richard was arrested Dec. 7 in Tampa on four felony counts of transmitting threats to Lenny Pozner, father of 6-year-old Noah Pozner who died in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

According to the indictment, Richards contacted Pozner four times on Jan. 10, saying things like, “You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” “there’s nothing you can do about it,” and “look behind you, death is coming to you real soon.”

The Richards case is being prosecuted in Fort Lauderdale.

Others linked to the Sandy Hook massacre have reported harassment by conspiracy theorists who argue the event was staged to erode support for Second Amendment gun rights.

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