A man was sentenced to over two years in prison after reading guilty to threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Jan. 7 of this year.
According to a report in The Hill, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., 53, is facing 28 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of interstate communication of threats, entering the plea in September of this year.
Meredith is also going to have to submit to three years of supervised release after the 28-month stint behind bars, according to reports relating to the man’s sentencing over what he claimed was “political hyperbole,” but the courts considered a credible threat.
The convict’s crimes were revealed during his case, including that while at a hotel in Washington D.C., he texted a relative saying he was “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi … speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” followed by a purple devil emoji.
Meredith made a deal with prosecutors that dropped charges of possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition and a large-capacity ammunition feeding device in exchange for his guilty plea.
“More than 700 people have been arrested for crimes related to the Capitol attack as the U.S. nears the one-year anniversary of the riot, according to the local U.S. Attorneys Office,” The Hill reported, going on to cite CNN who reported that more than 50 people have been sentenced in connection to the Jan. 6 attack.
The man convicted of the crimes in question was not at the Capitol Hill demonstration that devolved into riots but was part of the federal investigation on the penetration of the Capitol building.
However, it was Meredith’s mother who reached out to the FBI regarding the text messages, after being sent the verbiage by the family member that Meredith actually sent the message to. The man has been in custody since January.