QAnon Follower Gets 28 Months For Pelosi Death Threats
A QAnon follower received a 28-month sentence for threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Cleveland Meredith Jr. was arrested on January 7 at a hotel near the Capitol after family members reported threatening text messages to the FBI.
According to POLITICO, “police found a pistol, an assault rifle and about 2,500 rounds of ammunition, as well as a telescoping gun-sight” in a trailer outside the hotel.
The 53-year-old Georgia resident argued he was joking around in the messages he sent before and after the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
“It can’t be tolerated in a democracy and I can’t just say, ‘OK, Mr. Meredith you can go home now,'” U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.
“There were multiple, stupid ugly threats…Even the defendant knew the language was unacceptable…..He knew exactly what he was up to.”
“Thinking about heading over to Pelosi [expletive] ‘s speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” Meredith wrote in a message to his uncle on January 7.
“I may wander over to the Mayor’s office and put a 5.56 in her skull.”
When a relative texted Meredith that then-President Donald Trump had called for his supporters to go home peacefully, he refused.
“Bullshit. He wants heads and I’m going to deliver,” Meredith wrote.
In a brief statement to the court, Meredith insisted his threats weren’t literal.
“I had no intention. It was political hyperbole that was too hyper,” Meredith said. “I was out of control that day.”
“I don’t want to have anything to do with politics again,” he said.
Meredith will be credited for the 11 months he’s already served at a D.C. jail.