A court in Washington, D.C. sentenced on Sept. 22 an Army reservist, who had dressed up as Adolf Hitler, to four years in prison on felony and misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
United States District Judge Trevor McFadden sentenced Timothy Hale-Cusanelli to 48 months in prison after a jury convicted him in May on all five counts he faced, including trespassing on restricted grounds, misconduct on restricted grounds and in the Capitol, and parading in the Capitol.
“This is a significant sentence,” McFadden said.
Hale-Cusanelli, from New Jersey, failed to convince jurors that he did not know that the Congress assembled at the Capitol to certify the presidential election results on Jan. 6, 2021.
“You absolutely knew what you and others were doing,” McFadden, a Trump appointee, said, noting that Hale-Cusanelli had told his roommate that he was outside the House chambers during the riot.
In a video during the riot, Hale-Cusanelli can be seen calling for the mob to “advance” before breaching the Capitol himself, and later signaling for the crowd to join him inside.
According to prosecutors, it was “well-established” that Hale-Cusanelli “subscribes to White Supremacist and Nazi-Sympathizer ideologies that drive his enthusiasm for another civil war and formed the basis of this Court’s pretrial determination that Hale-Cusanelli was a danger to the community.”
In a defense sentencing memo, Hale-Cusanelli’s lawyer wrote that he “regrets his actions, deplores the violence and property destruction at the Capitol and apologizes to members of Congress, congressional staff, and law enforcement for his part in the events.”
Hale-Cusanelli said in court that he “disgraced my uniform and I disgraced the country,” adding that the judge “would never see my face again.”
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