A Colorado man who said he planned to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head during a trip to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday.
Cleveland Meredith Jr. pleaded guilty to the count of interstate communication of threats based on a text message he sent on Jan. 7 saying, “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi … speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.”
Meredith planned to attend the Jan. 6 Trump rally but arrived late due to car problems, according to the report. He traveled with a rifle, handgun and 2,500 rounds of ammunition.
Agents met with Meredith at his hotel on Jan. 7 where the weapons were found along with the message.
Though he plead guilty, Meredith claimed the text message was “political hyperbole.”
Cleveland Grover Meredith admitted in court Friday that he did send those texts, though he attempted to brush off his statements as a form of “political hyperbole” https://t.co/167x6AOp03
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Meredith remains in custody and could serve up to 24 months in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for December.
The case is one of approximately 600 people charged with crimes in connection with the events of Jan. 6. Pelosi continues to pursue an investigation of the events through her select House committee.