A former Florida nurse faces prison time after threatening Vice President Kamala Harris

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A former Florida nurse who recorded a video telling Vice President Kamala Harris "you are going to die" now faces five years in prison. Niviane Petit Phelps, 39, plead guilty Friday to six counts of making threats against the vice president.

Phelps arrest comes after the mother of three sent a series of videos to her husband in prison expressing anger over the results of the 2020 election, according to a Secret Service complaint.

In the videos, Phelps said "Kamala Harris you are going to die. Your days are numbered already."

Phelps, who is Black, told authorities she threatened the vice president because Harris wasn't "actually Black," according to the complaint. Harris is Black and of South Asian descent.

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Phelps was also angered because she believed Harris placed her hand over her purse instead of on the Bible during her swearing-in, which is false.

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Phelps sent the videos to her husband who was serving time in Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville, Florida. Authorities also said Phelps practiced at a gun range and applied for a concealed weapons permit around the time she recorded the videos.

However, her attorney argued Phelps was just "venting" to her husband and didn't intend to follow through on her threats. 

"[She] was just venting as she was going through a tumultuous time in her life,” he said, noting that Phelps's threats were “limited to discussions with her incarcerated husband," Attorney Scott Saul told the Miami Herald.

In court records filed Friday, the prosecution said Phelps agreed it would have been able to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Since the charges were filed in April, Phelps was suspended from her job without pay from Jackson Health System, where she's worked for 20 years. A Jackson Health System spokesperson said that Phelps would be terminated.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Florida nurse plead guilty for threatening Vice President Harris

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