A man who threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach has been sentenced to 28 months in prison as part of a plea deal, The Hill reports.
Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., 53, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate communication of threats in September after it was discovered that he texted a relative he was “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi … speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.”
Meredith sent the text while at a Washington, D.C. hotel on Jan. 7, just one day after protesters breached the Capitol and caused damage.
He had also been charged with possession of unregistered firearms, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, but prosecutors dropped those charges as part of his plea agreement.
Admitting that he did, in fact, send the text, Meredith said it was “political hyperbole,” and insisted he had no actual intention to shoot the speaker.
Against the backdrop of what transpired on Jan. 6, however, the threat was taken seriously and treated as such.
More than 700 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot, and roughly 50 have been sentenced for involvement in the events of that day.
While it was against the law to enter the Capitol as the protesters did, it seems that law enforcement has worked harder to arrest and prosecute those protesters than they have other protesters around the country, some of whom were far more violent over the summer of 2020.
Mom turned him in
Meredith was not in D.C. on Jan. 6 after driving from Colorado intending to be at the rally due to reported car trouble.
He was turned in to the FBI by his mother after the relative who received the text message contacted her. Another text message he sent also threatened to “run … Pelosi over while she chews on her gums.”
When he was arrested at the hotel, police found a 9mm semi-automatic assault-style rifle with a telescopic sight and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices as well as roughly 2,500 rounds of ammunition in his truck and trailer.
He has been in police custody since he was arrested, which will count toward his time served.