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Crime Miami nurse pleads guilty to threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris

04:55  15 september  2021
04:55  15 september  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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A Miami-area nurse pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris in videos sent to her imprisoned husband earlier this year, officials said.

Kamala Harris wearing a suit and tie © Provided by NBC News

Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, who pleaded guilty Friday to six counts, faces up to five years in prison, prosecutors said. Sentencing is set for Nov. 19.

In February, Phelps sent her incarcerated husband six 30-second videos in which she threatened to kill Harris and claimed that she had been paid $53,000 and was "the hit man," officials said. She also sent a photo of her with a handgun at a gun range and applied for a concealed firearm permit.

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Her attorney, Scott Saul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

a person holding a sign: Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami Gardens, was arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service after allegedly plotting to kill Vice-President Kamala Harris. Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami Gardens, was arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service after allegedly plotting to kill Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Saul has argued in previous court filings that Phelps made "irrational rants" that were offensive but amounted to hyperbole.

"The defendant’s threats were to impress and support her husband … not to seriously carry anything out," Saul wrote in arguing that she no longer be held without bond.

Phelps told a Secret Service investigator that she was upset that Harris was vice president, that she felt Harris was not really Black and that she believed Harris had not placed her hand on a Bible at her inauguration, the investigator wrote in an affidavit. Phelps is Black.

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Harris, who did place her hand on the Bible when she was sworn in, is the first Black American, the first South Asian American and first woman elected vice president in U.S. history.

Phelps' mother has told NBC Miami that her daughter was depressed and desperate and "she listened to what people tell her."

The videos were sent through JPay, a computer application used to send media to those in prison. An inspector sent them to the Secret Service.

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