Guy Reffitt, First Jan. 6 Rioter to Stand Trial, Found Guilty on All Counts

A federal jury in Washington, D.C. found Jan. 6 rioter Guy Reffitt guilty of all five charges related to his role in the United States Capitol attack. 

Jurors on March 8 convicted Reffitt, the first Jan. 6 rioter to stand trial, for transporting a firearm in support of civil disorder, carrying a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun onto the restricted grounds of the Capitol, obstructing an official proceeding, interfering with Capitol law enforcement, and obstructing justice by threatening his children when he returned to Wylie, Texas from the riot.

Reffitt, a member of the far-right militia group Texas Three Percenters, faces a maximum of 60 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich set sentencing for June 8 at 10 a.m. local time.

The jury of six men and six women reached the unanimous verdict after less than four hours of deliberation, following a weeklong trial.

During the trial, Reffitt’s 19-year-old son Jackson testified against him.

Jackson told the court that he recorded his father admitting he carried a firearm outside the Capitol.

Jackson also said that his father threatened him and his sister when they told him they had to turn him in to authorities.

“If you turn me in, you’re a traitor, and traitors get shot,” Jackson recalled his father saying.

Jackson ultimately turned over the audio records and pictures of his father at the Capitol to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The court also heard recordings of Reffitt talking in various forums about what he planned to do at the riot and what he did on the day itself.

The older Reffitt did not testify in his own defense.


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