Florida woman charged with assassination attempt on Kamala Harris pleads guilty

A Florida woman who made headlines earlier this year for allegedly threatening to assassinate Vice President Kamala Harris pleaded guilty last week in federal district court, according to the New York Post.

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida indicated that Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, of Miami-Dade County entered a plea in relation to a six-count indictment detailing her threat on the life of the vice president.

As part of her plea, Phelps admitted to sending her incarcerated husband a series of short video clips back in February in which she claimed to have received $53,000 in exchange for agreeing to kill Harris within 50 days, the Post noted.

One such video snippet was said to contain Phelps declaring flatly, “Kamala Harris, you are going to die,” adding, “Your days are numbered already.”

According to the Department of Justice press release, some of the videos that formed the basis of the indictment were recorded by Phelps herself, though some of them were made by her children, and after she sent them to her husband behind bars, she also sent a photo in which she was brandishing a firearm at a gun range.

A black female herself, Phelps indicated to investigators that she was hostile toward Harris because she was not “actually black and because she believed that the vice president put her hand not on a Bible on Inauguration Day, but rather her own purse, according to the Post.

Scott Saul, Phelps’ lawyer, told NBC News that she had no actual intention of carrying out the threats made on the video clips, and though she has indeed pleaded guilty to the charges against her, “she plans on demonstrating significant mitigating circumstances.”

At the time the charges were lodged against Phelps, her mother, Heroeia Petit, claimed that her daughter was “sick,” and unaware of what she was really doing, also adding that “She’s desperate. She don’t got nothing to do. Her husband’s been in jail 10 years, two children. The house, she lost everything.”

Phelps is set to appear at a sentencing hearing slated for Nov. 19 in front of U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, and she faces up to five years in prison in the wake of her plea.