U.S. Capitol Rioter Who Brought Gun Gets Longest Jan. 6 Sentence

A federal judge on Aug. 1 sentenced Guy Reffitt, who stormed the United States Capitol while armed with a gun on Jan. 6, to more than seven years in prison.

District Judge Dabney Friedrich sentenced Reffitt, a 49-year-old recruiter for right-wing militia Three Percenters in Texas and the first Capitol rioter to go on trial, to 87 months in prison — the longest sentence imposed on any of the U.S. Capitol rioters so far.

Friedrich also sentenced Refitt to three years in probation, $2,000 in restitution, and mandatory mental health treatment.

Friedrich, however, denied a request from the Justice Department for a “terrorism enhancement” that would have resulted in a longer prison sentence.

Friedrich said that the additional penalties for terrorism would create an “unwarranted disparity” between Reffitt’s sentence and that of other Capitol rioters.

A D.C. jury convicted Reffitt in March on five counts, including transporting and carrying a firearm in support of a civil disorder on Capitol grounds, interfering with Capitol Police, and obstructing an official proceeding.

While Reffitt did not make it inside the Capitol or use physical violence because he retreated after being pepper-sprayed in the face by police, a video recording of himself showed him egging the crowd, leading the other rioters up to a set of stairs, and threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Reffitt also recorded a Zoom meeting in which he described his actions during the riot.

On Aug. 1, Reffitt said he was “not thinking clearly” when he tried to storm the Capitol.

“I did want to definitely make an apology, multiple apologies really, and accept my responsibility because I do hate what I did,” Reffitt said.


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