Capitol assailant sentenced to seven years in prison

A Capitol assailant sentenced to seven years in prison

Donald Trump supporters during the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol.

A far-right activist was sentenced Monday in Washington to more than seven years in prison. jail for participating in the January 6, 2021 Capitol assault, the heaviest sentence ever handed down to date.

Guy Reffitt, 49, a member of the Three Percenters group, was convicted in March of obstructing the work of Congress and the police, in particular, after the first trial devoted to this attack. p>

At the head of the first group to attack the headquarters of Congress, he had helped to break through the police lines, equipped according to the prosecutors with a handgun, body armor, helmet and plastic handcuffs.

After being hit with gassy gas, he retreated as hundreds of Donald Trump supporters sowed violence and chaos inside the Capitol, delaying certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory. .

“I didn't get in, but I helped start the fire.

—Guy Reffitt bragging about his actions on video

On his return to Wylie, near Dallas, this oil industry employee had threatened his two children to prevent them from reporting him to the police. Traitors, we kill them, he said in a recorded conversation transmitted to the FBI by his 19-year-old son, Jackson.

At the trial, the prosecution s& #x27;is supported by numerous videos showing him, in the front row, haranguing the crowd and calling him the leader.

Deeming that his actions fell under federal terrorism laws, prosecutors then asked for a severe sentence of 15 years in prison.

His lawyers pleaded for two years in prison, pointing out that x27;he had not entered the Capitol and committed no violence.

Judge Dabney Friedrich accepted an interim sentence of seven years and three months in jail. She called his actions the antithesis of democracy, but refused to stray too far from the sentences handed down so far, the heaviest being five years and three months in prison.

Since the attack, more than 850 people have been arrested, 330 have pleaded guilty and only about ten have been tried in trials. For the moment, a hundred prison sentences have been pronounced.

In parallel with this judicial aspect, a parliamentary commission of inquiry is seeking to shed light on former President Donald Trump's role in the attack. Its report is expected in the fall.

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