A Florida nurse has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Kamala Harris, claiming she was going to carry out the sick plot because the vice president wasn’t “actually black,” authorities said.
Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, of Miami-Dade County, pleaded guilty Friday, admitting she sent her imprisoned husband six 30-second video clips of herself in February, claiming she accepted $53,000 for the “hit” to be completed within 50 days, court documents show.
“Kamala Harris, you are going to die,” Phelps said in one clip, according to a complaint obtained by USA Today. “Your days are numbered already.”
Phelps, who is black, told investigators she made the threats because Harris, 56, who was born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, wasn’t “actually black” and her belief that the vice president placed her hand on her purse rather than a Bible on Inauguration Day, according to the complaint.
In another video, Phelps said in February she was “going to the gun range” until Harris “leave[s] the chair,” the Washington Post reported.
Days later, Phelps referenced the $53,000 in another video sent to her husband, saying “50 days from today you will die,” court records show.
Phelps, a mother of three living in Miami Gardens, sent the clips to her husband via JPay, an app used by inmates to communicate with loved ones, the Washington Post reported.
After sending the videos, including another showing herself holding a gun with a target sheet at a gun range, Phelps applied for a concealed weapon permit, authorities said.
“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,” according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Phelp’s attorney, Scott Saul, told NBC News Tuesday she never intended to actually carry out the slaying.
“Ms. Phelps has led an honorable life until this incident,” Saul said. “Ms. Phelps has pled guilty, but she plans on demonstrating significant mitigating circumstances.”
Phelps faces up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced on Nov. 19. Saul will seek a sentence that doesn’t involve prison time, he said.
Phelps has worked for Jackson Health System since 2001 and spent the last few years as a licensed practical nurse at the Ambulatory Care Center West at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, WTVJ reported.
The veteran nurse was suspended without pay in April as the hospital processed her termination, officials said.
Phelps’ mother, meanwhile, said at the time she hoped the charges would be dropped, saying her daughter was “sick” and didn’t understand her actions.
“Don’t punish her … ’cause she listened to what people tell her,” Heroeia Petit told WTVJ. ” … She’s desperate. She don’t got nothing to do.”