A North Carolina man who threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
A North Carolina man who drove to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 with guns and ammunition and threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head pleaded guilty on Friday.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Cleveland Meredith — a 53-year-old North Carolina resident — to 28 months of prison time followed by three years of supervised release on Tuesday, three months after he pleaded guilty to one count of interstate communication of threats, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C.
The U.S attorney’s office said that Meredith drove from Colorado to D.C. the week of January 6 and planned to attend a set of pro-Trump rallies in the nation’s capital, but car trouble delayed his arrival in the city until the evening of January 6, after that day at the Capitol building had ended, prosecutors and Meredith’s defense attorney said in court filings.
The following day, Meredith said in a text message to his uncle he was thinking about “putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin.”
“Thinking about heading over to Pelosi C[***]’s speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” Meredith texted on January 7, a message he followed up with a devil emoji, according to an FBI statement.
His uncle passed the message on to Meredith’s mother, who quickly tipped off the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI found Meredith at a D.C. hotel on January 7, and a trailer he’d hauled to D.C. contained two guns and about 2,500 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said.
Meredith’s attorney Paul Kiyonaga asked for a sentence of time-served last week, arguing Meredith was speaking in “rough, familiar, extreme terms” and didn’t take any concrete steps to act on his threat, and Meredith apologized to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a hearing Tuesday, CNN reported.
Kiyonaga said Meredith’s mother called the FBI because she knew her son faced mental health issues and feared he “was heading into a maelstrom where further violence might erupt,” but she wasn’t worried he would act on his threat against Pelosi.