Man with assault rifle pleads guilty to threatening Pelosic
A Georgia man with an assault rifle and was on his way to Washington for a pro-Trump rally on January 6 at the US Capitol pleaded guilty Friday to sending threatening text messages about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Federal officials said Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. wrote to an acquaintance the day after the violent attack on the US Capitol that he would “put a bullet in his noggin on live TV” and include a purple devil emoji. In other messages, he said he would run over Ms Pelosi.
“I predict that within 12 days, many people in our country will die,” he wrote.
According to court records, Mr. Meredith was staying at the Holiday Inn in Washington and his camper-style trailer contained weapons, including a Glock handgun, a Tver X95 assault rifle, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Mr Meredith was one of the first 13 people charged in federal court after a crowd in support of former President Donald J. Trump stormed the Capitol. According to court records, in January he was charged with intimidation in interstate commerce, possessing an unregistered firearm and illegally possessing ammunition.
Mr. Meredith pleaded guilty to interstate communications charges and faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine.
Under a plea agreement, he could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000, according to court documents. His sentence is set for December. Messages left for his lawyer, Paul Kiyonaga, were not immediately returned on Saturday.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Mr. Meredith moved to Acworth, Ga. in 2018. A billboard in the U.S. that read “#QANON” and the name of their business, Car Nutz Car Wash.
The QAnon conspiracy theory, which the FBI has labeled a potential domestic terrorism threat, is a sight to behold for a slew of political insiders, pedophiles and Satanists accused Democrats and some Republicans. Many followers believe Mr Trump was secretly battling a criminal band of sex traffickers.
He told investigators that Mr Meredith missed the Capital riots because he arrived in Washington too late while driving from Colorado.
Journal-Constitution reported that US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked Mr Meredith on Friday if he had written a text threatening to kill Pelosi.
“It was political exaggeration,” Mr Meredith told the judge. “But I did that text.”
Federal officials have said they are committed to holding anyone responsible for “outrageous criminal acts” related to the attack on the Capitol.
“To be clear, what happened that day was not First Amendment-protected activity, but an insult to our democracy,” FBI director Christopher Wray said in January, after Mr Meredith and others were charged. “We will continue to aggressively investigate anyone who chose to ignore the law and instead incite violence, destroy property, and injure others.”
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