A good six months ago, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol. A 38-year-old admitted that the attack hindered the work of Congress. Now he has to go to jail.
A good six months after supporters of then US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, a man has reportedly been sentenced to eight months in prison in Florida. The 38-year-old from Florida had previously admitted that he had broken into the Capitol and obstructed the work of Congress, reported the Washington Post newspaper on Monday. Accordingly, this is the first case of a serious crime in connection with the storming. According to observers, the decision could have an impact on the conviction of other rioters.
Man benefits from early confession
“The symbolism of this act was unmistakable,” the newspaper quoted the judge at the federal district court, Randolph D. Moss. The prosecutor had asked for an 18-month prison sentence for the man. It was particularly serious that the 38-year-old had penetrated very far into the Capitol with equipment such as protective goggles in order to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. That distinguishes him from others who have let themselves be carried away. The judge took credit for the man that he had confessed early and declared that he repented his act.
Supporters of Trump stormed the seat of the US Congress in Washington on January 6th. Five people were killed, including a police officer. Trump had to face impeachment proceedings for the attack because he had previously incited his supporters in a speech. At the end of the trial, however, the Republican was acquitted.