A Georgia man arrested in Washington, D.C., for threatening to shoot former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot has made an interesting request.
Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. asked a federal judge for permission to sell a cache of firearms seized when he was arrested, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Meredith pleaded guilty in September 2021 to making interstate threats. He was sentenced to serve more than two years in prison and three years probation.
Authorities arrested Meredith at a Washington hotel the day after the Capitol riot. His felony conviction includes a ban from possessing firearms.
Meredith has since completed his prison sentence and filed his request earlier this week in a U.S. District Court in Washington.
The ruling is expected from Judge Amy Berman Jackson on whether or not an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition, including armor-piercing rounds, will be released to Atlanta attorney Tyler Dixon, who will then sell them on his client’s behalf.
Federal prosecutors have not objected to the move because such a ruling is at a judge’s discretion.
“Meredith acknowledges that he can no longer possess any firearm or ammunition,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Franks wrote in a motion jointly submitted with Meredith’s attorney.
The motion cited a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case that, in cases where a defendant was banned from owning guns, judges may allow the transfer of seized firearms to a third party who has no connection to the defendant and as long as the judge is convinced the
the defendant will not have access to them.
Meredith grew up in Cobb County, Georgia. He was traveling to attend the Jan. 6 Trump rally in Washington but was delayed by car trouble. He arrived on the evening of Jan. 6, after the riot. His mother contacted the FBI over concerns about texts he sent to an uncle threatening to assassinate Pelosi.
“Thinking about heading over to Pelosi (expletive) speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” Meredith wrote. He also made a similar threat against Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Meredith was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison but was released in December for time served in jail before his guilty plea.