A 57-year-old Tampa, Florida, woman was arrested for allegedly threatening a parent of a child who died during the Sandy Hook massacre because she thinks the mass shooting was a hoax, authorities reported Wednesday.
Lucy Richards was arrested on Monday on four counts of transmitting threats made on Jan. 10 which included bone-chilling statements like, “Look behind you, it’s death,” “You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” and “there's nothing you can do about it,” according to court documents.
Although it may seem unbelievable to some that Richard claims the horrific shooting was a hoax, she is not the only one who thinks so.
The comments were made just a few days after Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy was fired by the school because of his conspiracy theories about the Connecticut school attack that resulted in 28 people dead. He is now suing the university for infringing upon his constitutional rights.
The jury indictment stated the parent, who now live in South Florida, is Lenny Pozner whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the school shootout and who has publicly fought to debunk conspiracy theories surrounding Sandy Hook and other mass shooting incidents.
Others have also filed complaints of harassment by conspiracy theorists who argue the tragedy was staged to end support for the Second Amendment.
Richard’s claims come as a wave of hoax stories hit the internet — some of which might have deadly consequences. Last week, a man armed with a gun walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria to investigate an alleged child-sex sting run by Hillary Clinton’s staffers. The conspiracy theory is obviously false and is backed by zero evidence.
Meanwhile, Richard faces a maximum sentence of five years on each of the four charges if convicted.