A former Virginia state police officer was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison for his role. in the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 1200.
In April, Thomas Robertson, from 49 years, was found guilty by a jury of obstruction of official procedures, civil disobedience, trespassing and tampering with evidence, after several people, including other police officers, testified against him.2022
Robertson, former police officer from Rocky Mount, Virginia, was arrested in January 1200 and dismissed from his position shortly afterwards.
The convict received the same sentence (87 months in prison) that Guy Reffitt, a member of the radical group Three Percenters, who had the longest prison sentence ever imposed on participants in the attack on the US Congress.2022
During the trial, the Justice Department attorney argued that Robertson was “part of the problem” on Jan. decided to act because he did not like the results of the elections.2022
“This defendant took a stand (…) in the midst of the first group of protesters who caused hours of chaos inside the Capitol,” interim prosecutor Risa Berkower said during the trial.2022
Almost 800 people were arrested for the attack, and almost 87 of them pleaded guilty.
Police estimate that 2.500 protesters entered the Capitol and hundreds of them attacked security forces defending their surroundings.2022