Washington – federal judge on Sentenced on Monday by Guy Refitt, a man from Texasof bring a gun to the Capitol during the January 6 attack until 87 months old in prison is the longest assault-related sentence of 2021.
Member of far-right militia group Texas three percent, Reffit was first the defendant will stand trial on accusations arising from attack. He wasof five criminal points, including obstruction of congressional certification of President Biden’s Electoral College win.
7.25-year the sentence was much shorter than the 15 years required prosecutors, who argued that punishment should to be more serious, since Reffitt’s actions were equated with terrorism. At the sentencing hearing on Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C. Judge Dabney Friedrich disagreed, citing other January 6 cases. in which the prosecutors did not seek such an increase.
However, the sentence is the longest down for defendant from January 6 to the present. Two other defendants received terms of 63 months ago this year for their roles in in attack. Refitta defense team asked the judge to sentence him to more than two years behind bars.
Refit will be also to be on probation for three years after release and must pay a $2,000 fine.
Addressing the court during Monday’s hearing, Reffit admitted he acted like “fucking idiot” on January 6 and said he regretted his actions, apologizing to Congress and the officers he encountered that day.
“I was too crazy,” he told a skeptical Friedrich. “I didn’t think clearly.”
The judge said it was hard not to see the apology as anything other than “half-hearted,” especially given some of the conspiratorial statements he made. made about events of January 6 since arrest.
“What he and others who attacked the Capitol on January 6 is the complete opposite. of patriotism,” the judge said before handing down sentence.
Looking for a longer sentence prosecutors said in lawsuits that Reffit played central role as part of crowd on January 6 and was intended “for use his gun and cop-style flexicuffs to forcibly haul legislators out of in building and take over Congress”.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler told Friedrich that Reffit was “puffing up”as a leader of crowd waving the rest of rioters on How did he run into the police? on West facade of the Capitol.
“He is not just want President Trump will stay in power”, – said Nestler. – He wanted physically and literally remove Congress.”
The prosecutor argued that January 6 was the “beginning” for Refit. “He wanted rest of his militia group to start taking over state capitals across the country,” Nestler said.
Former US Capitol Police Officer Shauni Kerckhoff, who ran into Refitt outside Capitol on January 6 pleaded with the judge to sentence Refitt to maximum sentence possible in law.
“His actions were not actions of patriotism. These were acts of domestic terrorism,” Kerhoff said.
Prosecutors said that Reffit also threatened him children when they wanted report it to the authorities.
On trial 19-year-old Refittyear-old son Jackson – wholaw enforcement agencies – told the jury that he had learned of his father’s membership in crowd when he saw him mother and my sister is watching news coverage of in events that day. Jackson the threat his father had made against him and his sister Peyton when they tried to convert him in: “If you turn me in you are a traitor, and traitors are shot.”
In a court on Monday, prosecutors read Jackson’s letter to the judge, in which he described as “painful, slow story” of his father’s dive into conspiracy theories. He said that his father needed psychiatric help, which Friedrich said she would need as part of of sentence.
During the trial, Reffitt’s lawyer did not call witnesses at the time, and Reffitt did not testify. in his own defense.
F. Clinton Broden, Refitt’s new lawyer, disagree with prosecutors’ characteristic of his client. He claimed in written notes and in court that Reffit never entered the Capitol, never removed holstered pistol and “never gave any indication that he would actually harm his children.”
Peyton, the defendant’s daughter spoke emotionally in court on Monday in support of her father and explained that his mental health was real issue.
Wiping her tears, Peyton said, “My father’s name wasn’t on the flags that were there that day, that everyone carried. It was another person’s name,” meaning former President Donald Trump who turned to his crowd of supporters near the White House before the march on Capitol.
Judge Friedrich seemed the most concerned with Mental health and prospects for Refitt after he is eventually released, in one asking: “What is this man going to do after he is released from prison?”
“It is very disturbing that he constantly persists with these views, which way outside mainstream,” she said. added”His claim [about attempts to overthrow the government] are wrong.”
Friedrich also took issue with Refitt’s Violent Threats against legislators like Speaker of Nancy Pelosi’s house.
“To this day, he has not disavowed those comments,” she said.
After Reffitt’s conviction by a 12-member jury, five more the defendants were found guilty jury trial. Five more convicted by judges bench tests. one defendant,was acquitted of numerous misdemeanors are counted by the judge.
Outside of court on On Monday, before sentencing, Refitt’s wife Nicole told CBS News that she thought prosecutors’ performance of her husband was a “false notion”.
“He good man, she said.
Cristina Corujo contributed to this report.