A follower of former US President Donald Trump who traveled to Washington in early January and threatened in a private message to shoot the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has recognized one of the crimes against him, for which could be sentenced to a sentence of up to two years in prison.
The defendant, Cleveland Meredith, had traveled to Washington on January 6, with the intention of attending the demonstrations in support of Trump on January 6 that led to the assault on the Capitol. He did not arrive on time due to traffic problems, according to court documents.
The next day, in a message to a relative, he claimed that he was “thinking” of “putting a bullet in the head of Pelosi live”, accompanied by an emoticon with the face of a purple demon. The defendant claimed that he was a “political hyperbole”, but has finally pleaded guilty to a crime of threats, reports the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’.
The Prosecutor’s Office has agreed to withdraw other charges against him and related to possession of weapons and ammunition. During a search of his hotel room and his truck, security forces had found a rifle, a pistol and some 2,500 rounds of ammunition, adding to his threat.
The sentence will not be known in principle until December 14 and the result will depend to a large extent on the assessment made by Justice about the intention and ability of Meredith to comply with what he warned in his message. He for now he will remain in provisional prison.