San Francisco Chronicle

Guilty plea follows threat to Pelosi

- By Vimal Patel Vimal Patel is a New York Times writer.

A Georgia man who had an assault rifle and was headed to Washington for the Jan. 6 proTrump rally at the U.S. Capitol has pleaded guilty to sending threatenin­g text messages about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The man, Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr., wrote to an acquaintan­ce the day after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that he would put “a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” federal authoritie­s said. In other messages, he said he would run over Pelosi.

“I predict that within 12 days, many in our country will die,” he wrote.

Meredith had been staying at a Holiday Inn in Washington and had weapons in his camperstyl­e trailer, including a Glock handgun, an assault rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to court records.

He was one of the first 13 people charged in federal court after a mob in support of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. He was charged in January with transmitti­ng a threat in interstate commerce, possession of an unregister­ed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to court records.

Meredith pleaded guilty to the interstate communicat­ions charge and faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under a plea agreement, he is expected to face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000, according to court documents.

Meredith missed the Capitol riot because he arrived in Washington too late after driving from Colorado, he told investigat­ors.

The Atlanta JournalCon­stitution reported that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Friday asked Meredith if he wrote a text threatenin­g to kill Pelosi. “It was political hyperbole,” Meredith said. “But I did text that.”

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