Miami Nurse Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill Vice President Kamala Harris
SEP 13, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: APR 16, 2022
Miami, Florida – Thirty-nine-year-old Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami-Dade County, pled guilty on Friday in federal district court to a six count indictment charging her with making threats to kill Vice President Kamala Harris.
During the change of plea hearing, Phelps admitted that in February, she sent her husband, who was in prison, 30-second video clips of herself threatening to kill the Vice President. The videos show Phelps making the threats, screaming curse words, saying that she had accepted $53,000, to carry out the “hit” against Vice President Harris, and explaining that she would carry out the assassination within 50 days. Some of the video clips she recorded herself; others she had her children record. After sending these videos, Phelps sent a photograph of herself holding a firearm with a target sheet at a gun range. Two days later, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon permit. Phelps also admitted to telling law enforcement officers who handled this case, that if they had not come to her house, she “doesn’t know” what would have happened.
Phelps is scheduled for sentencing on November 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. before United States District Judge Jose E. Martinez, where she faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, Miami Field Office made the announcement.
USSS Miami investigated the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Abbie Waxman and Michael Gilfarb.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 21-cr-20087.
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Updated September 13, 2021
Florida woman charged for allegedly threatening to kill Kamala Harris
APR 16, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: APR 17, 2021
A Miami woman has been charged for allegedly threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
“Niviane Petit Phelps knowingly and willfully made threats to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the Vice President of the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 871,” from February 13 through February 18, according to the complaint.
On March 3, Special Agent David Ballenger was notified of a threat to kill Harris, according to the complaint.
The threats were sent by Phelps 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.
A Secret Service special agent assigned to the case obtained the videos and photographs that were sent by Phelps to her spouse.
“The videos (that are of relevance to this investigation) generally depict Phelps complaining and speaking angrily to the camera about her hatred for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others,” read the complaint.
“However, in these videos, Phelps also made statements about killing Vice President Harris.”
In one of the videos, “Phelps stated:
‘Kamala Harris you are going to die. Your days are numbered already,”
added the complaint.
In another video on February 18, Phelps stated,
“I’m going to the gun range. … I swear to God, today is your day you’re gonna die. 50 days from today, mark this day down.”
Phelps was also shown at a shooting range in a photo dated two days later, according to the complaint. “On February 22, 2021, Phelps applied for a concealed weapons permit.”
On March 3, the Secret Service and detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department went to Phelps’ residence to attempt to interview her, but she refused to speak with them at the time, according to the complaint.
“Two days later, I received a call from Phelps, who complained that her employer had put her on administrative leave,” read the complaint.
On March 6, a Secret Service agent went to speak with Phelps at her home.
According to the complaint, Phelps said,
“She was angry at the time about Kamala Harris becoming Vice President but that she is ‘over it now.’
Phelps expressed how she believes Kamala Harris not actually ‘black’ and how during inauguration Kamala Harris disrespectfully put her hand on her clutch purse instead of the bible.
Phelps continued saying that somebody told her that America is going to choose who they choose, so Phelps had put her rage about the Vice President aside. Phelps stated that she is now ‘past it.”
CNN has reached out to Phelps’ public defender for comment.