Black nurse in Miami was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for threatening in several videos to kill U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, according to court documents.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Jose E. Martinez ordered Tuesday that Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, a mother of three, be placed on probation for three years following her release from prison.
The nurse, who had pleaded guilty to six charges last September, has mental health issues from being a victim of domestic violence, her attorney, Scott Bennet Saul, told Local 10.
Having pleaded guilty, there was no need for a trial.
Phelps admitted in court that last February she sent her husband, who is incarcerated in a Florida jail, 30-second video clips in which she claimed to have been ordered to kill Kamala Harris.
“Your days are numbered,” she says in one of the videos addressing Harris, according to court documents in the case.
Using foul language, Phelps claims that he has accepted $53,000 to carry out the “hit” against the vice president and that he plans to carry it out in 50 days.
Some of the video clips she recorded herself and others she had her children record.
After sending these videos, Phelps sent a photograph of herself holding a firearm with a target blade at a shooting range and two days later applied for a permit to carry weapons without displaying them.
Phelps also admitted to telling the law enforcement officers who handled this case that if they had not come to her home, she “doesn’t know” what would have happened.
According to court documents in the case, the nurse told the agents who came to her home to question her that she was “angry” that Harris had become Vice President.
Phelps said she did not believe Harris was really black and that she was upset that during the inauguration he “put his hand on his bag instead of the Bible.”