Woman Who Threw Drink at Rep. Matt Gaetz Gets Sentenced to Prison Time
The former Democratic congressional candidate who hurled a drink at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was sentenced to 15 days in prison for assault.
Amanda Kondratyev, 35, who ran against Gaetz in 2016, hit him with the drink in June as the lawmaker left a town hall in Pensacola.
She initially pleaded not guilty but changed her plea to guilty on Aug. 1.
She was sentenced to only 15 days in prison despite sentencing guidelines calling for eight months to a year in jail, reported the Pensacola News Journal.
Judge Hope Cannon said the assailants lack of a criminal history and the “limited duration” of the crime justified the sentencing.
My statement in response to Amanda Kondratyev being sentenced to 15 days in jail and one year of probation: pic.twitter.com/RG8BuGWK40
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 18, 2019
“The fact that there was no bodily injury or harm does not make this crime count any less,” Cannon added. Lawmakers should be able to serve without fear being assaulted, she said.
“Physical assault has no place in our political discourse,” Gaetz said in a statement. “I am grateful that law enforcement and our judicial system recognized this principle today.”
In a statement submitted in court, Gaetz said, “Constituents deserve to be safe at events hosted by our congressional office. My staff deserves to be safe. Their families and mine shouldnt have to worry that while federal officials are doing their jobs, we are at risk of assault.”
According to the Daily Caller, Kondratyev is a member of the far-left, violent Antifa group.
Kondratyev didnt speak to reporters after she heard her sentence. Her lawyer Eric Stevenson tried deflecting from what she did by bringing up when Gaetz was arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence—the charges were later dropped—and when Gaetz recently led a group of lawmakers to a secure room in Congress to interrupt a closed-door impeachment hearing.