Matt Gaetz Wants Jail Time For Woman Who Threw Drink On Him
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) asked a federal judge to sentence the woman who threw a drink on him in June to “some time of incarceration,” according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Amanda Kondrat'yev “admitted to throwing a cup full of red liquid at Gaetz as he was leaving the Brew Ha Ha restaurant for an ‘Open Gaetz’ event on June 1.” The 35-year-old is due to be sentenced on Monday and “faces up to a year in prison, a $100,000 fine or five years of probation.”
In his victim impact statement, Gaetz said that failure to impose jail time for Kondrat’yev will send the message to his supporters and opponents alike that violence will be tolerated.
“I ask the court to sentence the Defendant to some time of incarceration,” he wrote. “Constituents deserve to be safe at events hosted by our congressional office. My staff deserves to be safe. Their families and mine shouldn’t have to worry that while federal officials are doing their jobs, we are at risk of assault.”
Gaetz went on to say that his “supporters are just as passionate” as those who oppose him, though he later clarified to the News Journal that he was not implying his supporters would strike out if Kondrat’yev is spared incarceration.
The woman’s attorney said he is confident that the judge will arrive at a just decision.
"There are a lot of factors judges consider in imposing a sentence," Eric Stevenson wrote in an email to the News Journal. "We believe in our courts and have faith that Ms. Kondrat’yev will receive a just sentence after weighing all of the different factors."