Reffit was convicted on 8 March. of five serious crimes, including obstruction of Congress as it met certify the 2020 election result interferes with police and carry firearms to riot and threaten his teenage son, who turned him in at the FBI.
defense for Refit, 49 year-old former oil drilling rig manager asked for a below-recommendations offer of two years in prison. Attorney F. Clinton Broden said in a statement that his client has not committed violence and does not criminal history so far prosecutors looking far more time for him than for defendants who pleaded guilty to assaulting the police.
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“It makes me laugh of in criminal justice system, the right to trial under the Sixth Amendment, and victims who have been assaulted by [others] claim that Mr. Reffit should be sentenced to more than (not to mention three times more than) defendant who attacked the police on on at least two separate occasions, spent three hours on territory of the Capitol and who It has past history of violence,” wrote Broden.
But Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Nestler and Risa Berkover said Reffitt’s case was exceptional.
Reffit “played central role” in head of a lynch mob that defied the police and captured her in key narrow passage, stairs leading up from the Lower West Terrace, to the original breach of windows near the doors of the Capitol Senate wing at 2:13 p.m., prosecutors said. After the riot, Reffit warned son and 16-year-old daughter that “if you turn me around you are a traitor, and traitors are shot,” he said. son testified in court.
Ordinary sentencing rules are of “insufficient volume” to account for for in range of Obstructing Refitt, witness tampering and gun offenses prosecutors wrote in 58-page sentencing note.
“Reffit did not seek just stop Congress, but also physically attackremove and replace legislators who served in Congress”, prosecutors wrote.
They called his behavior “typical of intent to both influence and retaliate against government through intimidation or coercion,” and said that this reflected the statutory definition of terrorist violence, for which more severe punishment is provided.
Reffitt recorded himself at a rally led by President Donald Trump in Ellips, saying he was ready to drag lawmakers, including Speaker of the House Nancy A. Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent).out kick and scream, with “her [Pelosi’s] head hitting each step on in way down”.
jury found that Reffit went to DC from his home in Wylie, Texas with AR rifle and 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and has repeatedly declared his intention to come armed with pistol and plastic handcuffs to drag deputies out of in building. After returning home from Washington, he threatened his children to ensure they didn’t convert it in the authorities.
U.S. Attorney’s Request office in DC, which oversees prosecutions of Approximately 840 Capitol Siege defendants currently in federal indictment are non-binding on US District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, who gone below prosecutors’recommendation in 22 of January 24th. To date, 6 sentences have been passed.
longest sentence in The January 6 case is now 63 months old given to a Florida man. who pleaded guilty to assaulting police with a fire fire extinguisher and wooden board and DC man who attacked three officers and crushed the riot shield with pole.
By comparison, Friedrich sentenced only three defendants. who have so far pleaded guilty to criminal offenses, the longest of which is 27 months in prison, also for attack on the police.
Nonetheless, prosecutors can hope to send clear signal approximately 330 defendants still awaiting trial on criminal charges and who may still consider whether to accept plea make a deal or gamble in front of a jury. Around 70 people pleaded guilty and nine people, including Refitt, were convicted in court.
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Refit left home moved at 15 in with his older sister and started working as a KFC dishwasher after many years of physical abuse by his father Broden wrote in his client defense. Becoming father himself, Broden said, Reffit was dedicated to his cause. children and to creating safe places for other.
According to his lawyer, Refitt was overconfident.made human who took his family abroad while he worked in places including Malaysia in accusation of operations worth dozens of millions of dollars, but financially and emotionally devastated after the recession in Oil and gas industry. he lost his job in November 2019, just months before the pandemic swept the United States.
Reffitt’s daughters remarked that “his mental health was declining” over that period, Broden wrote. Refit fell”down in rabbit hole of political news as well as online joke,” he wrote. one of his daughters, and he fell into power of Donald Trump is “constantly fueling polarizing racial thoughts.”
“I could really see how my father[’]His ego and personality fell to their knees when President Trump spoke, you could tell he was listening to Trump’s words like he was really talking to him for real.” one of Refitt’s daughters said.
Letters from nine friends and relatives presented to the court by Reffitt. defense “describe a depressed person who believed that he was unable to adequately provide for his family (his life mission), and a man who felt abandoned and marginalized,” wrote Broden.
Refitt started security business as well as joined three percent in Texas. Right anti-government group named after the myth that only 3 percent of the colonists fought in American Revolution against British.
In a letter to the judge, Reffit outlined the line of family injuries from 2020, including medical and mental health emergencies for condescension for for the sake of of his family.
“My regrets for what happened is irresistible. Not a day goes by that I don’t regret how it influenced a lot [my wife and children]”- wrote Refit. “Yeah, what’s going on with my family it’s all my fault, i would like to fix this please. … I’m just asking for a chance to prove myself again”.