Florida woman pleads guilty to threatening to kill Vice President Harris
A Miami nurse has pleaded guilty for threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, the Justice Department announced.
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty on Friday to a six-count indictment, including charges of threats against the vice president. Phelps is scheduled for sentencing on November 19. She faces up to five years in federal prison.
Phelps admitted during a plea hearing in district court in Florida that she sent her husband, who was in prison, a 30-second video of herself threatening to kill Harris in February.
Prosecutors said the videos show Phelps making threats and screaming curse words. She claimed that she had accepted $53,000 to carry out the "hit" against Harris within 50 days, the Justice Department said.
After sending these videos, Phelps sent a photograph of herself holding a firearm with a target sheet at a gun range. Two days later, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon permit, prosecutors said.
Phelps also admitted to telling law enforcement officers who handled this case that if they had not come to her house, she didn't know what would have happened, according to DOJ.