Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, pleaded guilty Friday to six counts, including allegations of threats against the vice president. Phelps is scheduled to judge on Nov. 19. She risks up to five years in prison.
Phelps admitted during an appeal hearing in Florida City Court that she sent her husband, who was in jail, a 30-second video of herself threatening to kill Harris in February.
Prosecutors said the videos show Phelps making threats and shouting curse words. She claimed she had accepted $ 53,000 to carry out the “hit” against Harris within 50 days, the Justice Department said.
After posting these videos, Phelps posted a photograph of himself holding a firearm with a target on a gun track. Two days later, Phelps applied for a concealed gun permit, prosecutors said.
Phelps also admitted to having told law enforcement officials handling the case that if they had not come to her house, she did not know what would have happened, according to the Justice Department.
Phelps’ lawyer, Scott B. Saul, said in a statement Tuesday that his client “is determined that she just waited as she went through a tumultuous time in her life and never intended to carry out her threats.”
He added that “it has been important for Mrs Phelps to demonstrate her acceptance of responsibility as she begins to atone for her deviant actions”, but that she “plans to demonstrate significant mitigating circumstances” in an attempt to get a “fair “judgment of the judge deals with her case.
CNN has contacted Harris’ office for comment.
This story has been updated with a statement from Phelps’ lawyer.