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Miami Nurse Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill Vice President Kamala Harris

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

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 or on, under case number 21-cr-20087.



Marlene Rodriguez
Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney
Public Affairs Officer

Updated September 13, 2021

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