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7 Capitol riot defendants plead guilty
    2021-12-07  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SEVEN U.S. Capitol riot defendants pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection, including one man who threatened to shoot U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

With this latest flurry of court activity, 10 percent of the more than 600 known federal defendants charged in connection with the deadly riot have pleaded guilty, according to CNN’s latest tally.

The most notable defendant to finalize a guilty plea was Cleveland Meredith Jr., who drove from Georgia to Washington, D.C., with two guns and 2,500 rounds of ammunition. He missed former President Donald Trump’s speech at a rally Jan. 6, but texted a relative one day later that he was thinking about attending an event with Pelosi and “putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.”

He pleaded guilty to sending threatening communications and faces a maximum potential prison term of five years, though prosecutors told the judge they’d only seek as much as two years.

Meredith has been in jail since his arrest in January and will get credit for time served when he is sentenced in December.

The pace of guilty pleas has picked up in recent weeks, as the Justice Department tries to resolve dozens of lower-level cases involving nonviolent riot defendants.

Most of the 61 guilty pleas so far have been for low-level misdemeanors. But several people have pleaded guilty to felonies that could lead to years-long prison sentence.

Few expect the Sept. 18 protest to be anywhere near the size of the massive pro-Trump rally Jan. 6 that preceded the insurrection, which attracted at least 25,000 people.

(SD-Agencies)

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