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Man who threatened to shoot Speaker Pelosi in the head sentenced to 28 months in prison

The Georgia man who threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the head was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Tuesday.

CNN reports that Cleveland Meredith Jr. pleaded guilty to sending threats to Speaker Pelosi back in September. According to court documents, Meredith texted a friend saying he was thinking of “putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” referring to Speaker Pelosi.

Meredith was initially reported to law enforcement by his mother, after finding concerning texts. The FBI located Meredith in a hotel room near the Capitol with a significant amount of ammunition and a couple different guns. Though he did not participate in the attack on January 6th, he was among the first charged.

Meredith will be credited with the 11 months he has been spending in prison already. Judge Amy Berman Jackson said, “let the record be crystal clear that it is not patriotism, it is not justified to descend on the Capitol at the behest of a candidate who lost an election and terrorize others. Canceling the votes of others at the point of a gun is the antithesis of what this country stands for.”

Many of those convicted of crimes in light of the events that took place in January have been known to follow the QAnon conspiracy theories. Both of Meredith’s parents and some close friends testified that he had been radicalized by QAnon.

Meredith, sobbing, said, “This is not who I am, this is not who I want to be. This is not what I want to be remembered as.” He additionally vowed to go to therapy after serving out his sentence.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: WASHINGTON POST

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