Lucy Richards after sending threatening messages to Lenny Pozner, a man who lost his 6-year-old son in the Sandy Hook massacre tragedy.
During the trial, Richards, accused Pozner of lying about the death of his son. The woman maintained that the whole Sandy Hook massacre was nothing but a hoax. The conspiracy theorist decided to make her feelings known when sending messages to Pozner.
Judge James Cohn sentenced Richards, 57, to five months in prison, followed by five months of home detention. While the woman clearly exhibited mental illnesses during the trial, with documents showing she had anxiety and was agoraphobic.
The Daily Mail reports:
Richards, seated in a wheelchair at the hearing, has significant mental health problems including agoraphobia – fear of leaving one’s house – obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorder, court documents show. But Cohn said he did not think mental illness triggered Richards’ actions.
‘You have the absolute right to think and believe as you so desire,’ the judge said. ‘You do not have the right to transmit threats to another.’
Cohn called Richards’ actions toward Pozner ‘disturbing’ and slammed conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook massacre, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot twenty six- and seven-year-old children and six adult staff at the elementary school.
‘I’m sure he wishes this was false and he could embrace Noah, hear Noah’s heartbeat and hear Noah say “I love you, Dad”,’ Cohn told Richards. ‘Your words were cruel and insensitive. This is reality and there is no fiction. There are no alternative facts.’
Investigators say Richards made four voicemail and email threats to Pozner on January 10 last year after viewing internet sites claiming the shooting was a hoax aimed at curtailing Americans’ Second Amendment gun ownership rights. The messages said things such as ‘you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon’ and ‘LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH.’
In a statement before she was sentenced, Richards apologized and said she could not account for her actions against Pozner that day.
‘I don’t know where my heart and head were that day, but they were not in the right place,’ she said. ‘It was the worst mistake of my life and I am truly sorry.’
Others linked to the Sandy Hook massacre have complained of harassment by conspiracy theorists who insist the tragedy was a hoax.