Canadian woman who sent ricin to Trump sentenced to 22 years

By Jen Krausz on
 August 20, 2023

A Canadian woman who sent former President Donald Trump and others letters laced with homemade ricin in 2020 was sentenced to almost 22 years in prison on Thursday, and will be banished from the U.S. after her sentence is served.

Pascale Ferrier, 56, is a dual French and Canadian citizen who sent the ricin after she was jailed in Texas in 2019 for refusing to leave a park after it closed.

She was caught trying to enter the U.S. with a firearm, a knife, and hundreds of rounds of ammo after sending the ricin letter to Trump with a threat that said, “If it [the poison] doesn’t work, I’ll find a better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come. Enjoy! FREE REBEL SPIRIT.”

Ferrier said she was only an "activist," not a terrorist, and was a “peaceful and genuinely kind person” who just got upset because she felt Trump and others abused their power.

Her lawyer said she was extremely intelligent and had raised two children as a single mom.

But the prosecutor said, “There is absolutely no place for politically motivated violence in the United States of America. There is no excuse for threatening public officials or targeting our public servants.” And the judge and jury agreed.