Man who wanted to shoot Speaker Pelosi on January 6 pleads guilty in US court
- Cleveland Meredith Jr wanted to shoot Pelosi on live TV
- 6 more people pleaded guilty on Friday
- Meredith Jr can face upto 5 years in prison
Man who threatened to shoot United States House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi during the January 6 riots pleaded guilty on Friday. In addition to the man, six more people went a similar route, according to US media reports.
According to a tally conducted by CNN, more than 10% of the people, who are known federal defendants, have pleaded guilty in matters related to the storming of the United States Capitol building earlier this year on January 6.
Out of the seven people who pleaded guilty on Friday, the most notable one was Cleveland Meredith Jr. The individual carried 2,500 rounds of ammunition along with two firearms to Washington DC.
In a text message sent to a relative, the individual wanted to put "a bullet in her noggin on live TV", according to reports from CNN.
Meredith Jr has been locked up since January after being arrested for his suspected involvement in the Capitol riots. After pleading guilty to the charges, Meredith Jr can be served with a sentence that can go as high as five years. The individual's legal representation asked for a sentence of not more than two years.
The United States Department of Justice aims to resolve all the bottom shelf cases, which include minor misdemeanors and non-violent defendants of the Capitol riots. Due to this, the number of people pleading guilty has ramped up significantly.
However, some individuals have charges pressed on them that could attract a substantially long prison time. These charges include obstruction of congressional proceedings, conspiring with extremist groups and assaulting police.
According to reports from Associated Press, an Alabama man charged with bringing 11 Molotov cocktails and other weapons to Washington on the day of the United States Capitol riot has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to a court filing from earlier this week.