Woman sentenced for throwing red drink on U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.
PENSACOLA — Amanda Kondrat’yev has been ordered to spend 15 days in federal custody for assaulting U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz by throwing a red sports drink on him.
Federal Judge Hope Cannon handed down the sentence Monday. She explained her action by stating that elected officials should not be forced to serve while in fear of being attacked.
Kondrat’yev, a 35-year-old mother of two, was arrested shortly after a June 1 incident outside the Brew Ha Ha restaurant in Pensacola. She would plead guilty in late July to throwing a large cup of a red sports drink on Gaetz as he left an event inside the restaurant.
She will begin serving her sentence Dec. 2 at a federal facility, according to reports.
Though Kondrat’yev could have been imprisoned for up to a year for assaulting a congressman, Cannon cited her lack of a criminal history and the scale of the attack for departing from the sentence.
Gaetz, who last week had asked Cannon to sentence Kondrat’yev to "some time of incarceration" and claimed that a failure to do so would make his events, staff and constituents less safe, said in a statement he was pleased with the court’s action.
"Physical assault has no place in our political discourse, and if individuals choose to engage in such activities at our events they will be prosecuted," he said. "I am grateful law enforcement and our judicial system recognized this principle today."
Kondrat’yev, who has not responded to efforts to contact her for comment, has a history of activism that includes a short stint as a Gaetz political opponent. She pre-filed in 2016 to run as a Democrat in Florida’s Congressional District 1.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pensacola did not respond Monday to questions about the mid-morning sentencing hearing.