A judge has sentenced a man to over two years in prison Tuesday for driving to Washington, D.C., with firearms in early January with the intention of shooting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Cleveland Meredith is just one of several people accused of threatening Speaker Pelosi this year. Meredith, a North Carolina resident who had temporarily relocated to Colorado, drove from there to D.C. the week of January 6th and planned to attend a set of pro-Trump rallies in the nation’s capital. But Meredith experienced car trouble that delayed his arrival in the city until the evening of January 6th, after that day’s rally and subsequent riot 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 that he fantasized about “putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin.” His uncle relayed the threatening message to Meredith’s mother, who quickly tipped off the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The exact text read, “Thinking about heading over to Pelosi C[***]’s speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” a message he followed up with a devil emoji, according to an FBI statement of facts. Meredith was taken into custody by the FBI at a D.C. hotel on January 7th. A trailer he’d hauled to D.C. contained two guns and about 2,500 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said.
Cleveland Grover Meredith has been arrested. He texted friends from the Capitol, that he wanted to 'put a bullet” in Pelosi's head —Live on TV. He had a trailer near the Capitol with 3 guns: Glock 19, a 9 mm pistol & an assault rifle, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition. pic.twitter.com/DhkcwXunVz
— Arctic Friend (@FriendEden100) January 10, 2021
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Meredith to 28 months of prison time followed by three years of supervised release on Tuesday, roughly three months after Meredith pleaded guilty to one count of interstate communication of threats, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C.
Cleveland Meredith went to DC on 1/6/2021 with guns, 2,500 rounds of ammo and high-capacity magazines to shoot traitors.
He mentioned Pelosi by name.
He was sentenced to 28 mos in prison.
— Feisty is proud to be a Democrat! (@FeistyLibLady) December 15, 2021