A member of a paramilitary group was sentenced this Monday (1st) to seven years in prison for the attack on the United States Capitol, becoming the first person to receive a conviction after being tried for that incident.
A federal judge in the District of Columbia, where Washington, capital of the United States is located, sentenced Guy Reffitt, a protester who carried a firearm during the January 6, 2021 attack. ) and a member of the Three Percenters group.
The sentence, of seven years and three months, is the longest ever imposed on anyone involved in the incidents that day, when a crowd of protesters supporting the then president Donald Trump (2017-2021) invaded the seat of Congress to try to prevent the ratification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Reffitt was convicted of obstructing congressional proceedings, breaking into the Capitol while carrying a gun, confronting police officers, illegally transporting weapons, and threatening her three teenage children. entities if they denounced him; crimes of which he pleaded not guilty.
Judge Dabney Friedrich decided, however, not to convict him of domestic terrorism, as requested by the prosecution and for which he could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
According to photos attached to a court document, Reffitt, a native of Texas, attended the attack on the Capitol wearing a bulletproof vest, handcuffs and a helmet with a built-in camera.
Up until now, all those convicted of the January 6th Capitol attack had reached agreements with the state’s attorney, which is why they were spared from the trial.
The authorities have charged more than 750 people from different parts of the country with crimes such as sedition, assault on police, destruction of government property and entry into a restricted-access building. More than 200 have pleaded guilty after reaching agreements with the prosecution.