Florida Woman Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill VP Harris
The Miami woman who threatened to kill Vice President Kamala Harris just days after she was sworn into office has pleaded guilty and now is facing up to five years in prison. The 39-year-old mother of three pleaded guilty on Friday to six counts of making threats against the vice president for each of the 30-second videos in which she said she would assassinate Harris.
In February Niviane Petit Phelps sent the videos to her incarcerated spouse in Wakulla Correctional Institution via JPay, a computer application that allows for sharing of media between non-incarcerated and incarcerated people.
In a video dated Feb. 13, 2021, Phelps stated, “Kamala Harris, you are going to die. Your days are numbered already. Someone paid me $53,000 just to f— you up and I’m gonna take the, I’m gonna do the job, okay.”
On Feb. 14, 2021, a video from Phelps stated: “I’m going to the gun range, just for your a–, until you f—— leave the chair.”
On Feb. 18, 2021, Phelps said: “And f—– Kamala Harris, I swear to God, today is your day you’re gonna die. 50 days from today, mark this day down , stupid b—-, Kamala f—–’ Harris vice president. You gonna f—–’ die 50 days from today. I swear to f—–’ God! Your day is . . .(cut off).”
Phelps’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19.
Her attorney, Scott Saul, told the Miami Herald that Phelps would not have followed through on her threats to assassinate the vice president. His client, Saul said, “was just venting as she was going through a tumultuous time in her life.” After federal prosecutors filed the charges in April, Phelps was fired from her job as a nurse in the Jackson Health System, where she had worked for 20 years, the Herald reported.
Among Phelps’s reasons for making the threats, she later told investigators, was that Harris, whose father is Jamaican and mother is Indian, was not actually Black.