A Florida nurse pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Kamala Harris, saying she was going to carry out the sick plot because the vice president was not “really black,” authorities said.
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, of Miami-Dade County, pleaded guilty on Friday, admitting to sending her jailed husband six 30-second video clips of herself in February, saying she accepted $ 53,000 for that the “coup” be completed within 50 days, court documents show.
“Kamala Harris, you are going to die,” Phelps said in a clip, according to a complaint obtained by USA Today. “Your days are already numbered.
Phelps, who is black, told investigators she made threats because Harris, 56, born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, was not “truly black” and her belief that the vice president instead put his hand on his purse. than a Bible on the day of the inauguration, according to the complaint.
In another video, Phelps said in February that she “went to the shooting range” until Harris “left.[s] the chair, ”The Washington Post reported.
Days later, Phelps referred to the $ 53,000 in another video sent to her husband, saying “in 50 days from today you will die,” according to court records.
Phelps, a mother of three living in Miami Gardens, sent the clips to her husband through JPay, an app used by inmates to communicate with loved ones, the Washington Post reported.
After sending the videos, including another showing herself holding a gun with a target foil at a shooting range, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon permit, authorities said.
“Phelps also admitted to telling law enforcement officers who handled this case that if they hadn’t come to her house, she” didn’t know “what would have happened,” the prosecutor’s office said. American for the South Florida District.
Phelp’s attorney Scott Saul told NBC News on Tuesday that she never intended to commit the murder.
“Ms. Phelps led an honorable life until this incident,” Saul said. Phelps has pleaded guilty, but she plans to show significant mitigating circumstances. “
Phelps faces up to five years in prison when sentenced on November 19. Saul will seek a sentence that does not involve jail time, he said.
Phelps has worked for Jackson Health System since 2001 and has spent the last few years as a licensed practical nurse at Ambulatory Care Center West at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, WTVJ reported.
The veteran nurse was suspended without pay in April as the hospital processed her dismissal, officials said.
Phelps’ mother, meanwhile, said at the time that she hoped the charges would be dropped, saying her daughter was’ sick ‘and did not understand her actions.
“Don’t punish her… because she listened to what people tell her,” Heroeia Petit told WTVJ. ”… She is desperate. She has nothing to do.