Lucy Richards, 57, was arrested for allegedly making death threats against a parent who lost a child in the Sandy Hook massacre
A Sandy Hook denier is behind bars after she allegedly sent death threats to a parent who had lost a child in the horrific 2012 massacre.
Lucy Richards, 57, believes the Sandy Hook school shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 first-graders, in Newtown, Connecticut is a hoax, authorities said.
Richards, of Tampa, allegedly sent the parent messages that included 'you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon' and 'LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH'.
Another of the January 2016 threats allegedly read, 'there's nothing you can do about it', according to court documents.
Richards was charged on Wednesday with four felony counts of transmitting threats. Each count carries a maximum term of five years in prison.
The unidentified parent now lives in South Florida. The threats were made in Palm Beach County, according to the indictment.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Schall wouldn't say how the threats were delivered or provide more details, but the indictment indicates all four were sent on the same day.
Richards was charged just a week before the four-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
There has long been a fringe conspiracy theory that the massacre was staged in order to pass gun control legislation.
Lenny and Veronique Ponzer, who lost their son Noah in the shooting, brought the pain of the Sandy Hook parents to light last year as they detailed the onslaught of harassment they had faced from Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy.
Noah Ponzer was the youngest child to be murdered on December 14, 2014, but Tracy continued to demand that his parents prove the little boy ever existed.
Richards, 57, believes the Sandy Hook school shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 first-graders, in Newtown, Connecticut is a hoax, authorities said (file photo of memorial)
There has long been a fringe conspiracy theory that the massacre was staged in order to pass gun control legislation (file photos of distraught parents on the day of the massacre)
'The heartache of burying a child is a sorrow we would not wish upon anyone. Yet to our horror, we have found that there are some in this society who lack empathy for the suffering of others,' the Ponzers wrote in an op-ed for the Sun Sentinel.
'Among them are the conspiracy theorists that deny our tragedy was real. They seek us out and accuse us of being government agents who are faking our grief and lying about our loss.'
The Ponzers said Tracy was 'chief among the conspiracy theorists', using his own professional credentials 'in an attempt to lend credence to their allegations'.
'In fact, Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists,' they added.
Tracy was fired from FAU after the family's op-ed was published, but the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory has an even more public supporter.
Talk radio host Alex Jones, who was a vocal support of Trump during the president-elect's campaign, has frequently discussed the theory on his show.
Jones denied last month that he ever said the shooting was a hoax, only to add: 'I don't know what the truth is. All I know, the official story of Sandy Hook has more holes in it than Swiss cheese.'
The host has undoubtedly helped popularize the theory, and his friendship with the president-elect was enough to make one Sandy Hook victim's daughter speak out.
Last week Erica Lafferty, whose mother Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the school's principal, publicly called on Trump to denounce Jones.
Lafferty wrote in an op-ed for USA Today that Jones 'has been bolstered' by Trump, who has promised to appear on his show again.
Erica Lafferty, whose mother Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the school's principal, has publicly called on Trump to denounce Alex Jones, a prominent promoter of the theory
'Even after an election that exposed deep divisions in our country, surely we can all agree on this: The mass shooting at Sandy Hook happened,' she wrote.
'Twenty-six families, including mine, were torn apart and will never be the same. Any preposterous ideas to the contrary cannot be allowed to seep into our country’s mainstream discourse. They must be swiftly and publicly refuted.'
'Surely, the newly elected leader of the free world can see that.'
'Yet Donald Trump has promised to again appear on Jones’ program — to chat with a man who claims that one of the worst mass shootings in American history was a hoax.'
'President-Elect Trump has praised Alex Jones’ "amazing" reputation and promised he won’t let him down.'
Lafferty then asked all Americans to join in telling Trump that 'Alex Jones represents the worst of our country'.
'I’ve faced the cold, hard truth of the murder of my mother, and it’s time for Trump to face one of his own.'
'American presidents are held to higher standards than reality television stars, and our new president-elect must learn that.'
'He must openly denounce Jones and the hateful fictions that he spews.'