Florida Nurse Faces 5 Years in Prison After Death Threats to VP Kamala Harris
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty Friday to six counts of making threats against the vice president.
Phelps admitted to sending her imprisoned husband six 30-second video clips of herself in February, claiming she accepted $53,000 for the “hit” to be completed within 50 days, court documents show.
In the videos, Phelps said “Kamala Harris you are going to die. Your days are numbered already.”
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, Phelps also admitted to telling law enforcement officers who handled this case, that if they had not come to her house, she ‘doesn’t know what would have happened.
Authorities said a photo from Feb. 20 showed Phelps at a shooting range smiling while holding a pistol next to a target containing bullet holes. Two days later, she applied for a concealed weapons permit, according to the complaint.
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Phelps told investigators she made the threats because Harris, 56, who was born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, wasn’t “actually black” and she believes that the vice president placed her hand on her purse rather than a Bible on Inauguration Day, according to the complaint.
Phelps later told investigators that at the time she was angry about Harris becoming vice president but was “over it now,” according to the complaint.
The suspect’s lawyer claims that Phelps was just ‘venting’ to her husband and was not serious about committing the act. “She was just venting as she was going through a tumultuous time in her life,” said Atty. Scott Saul.
Before this, Phelps served at the Jackson Health System as a nurse for 20 years. After the charges were filed in April, she was suspended from her job without pay, and a spokesperson said that she would be terminated.
A hearing is scheduled on November 19, where Phelps is expected to be sentenced to 5 years in prison. Right now, Phelps is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami.