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Capitol attacker sentenced to seven years in prison

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Guy Reffitt, 49, a member of the Three Percenters group, was found guilty in March of obstructing the work of Congress and the police, in particular, after the first trial devoted to this attack.

At the head of the first group to attack the headquarters of Congress, he had helped to force the police lines, equipped according to the prosecutors with a handgun, a bulletproof vest, a helmet and plastic handcuffs.

After receiving irritating gas, he had retreated, while hundreds of Donald Trump supporters sowed violence and chaos inside the Capitol, thus delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

I didn’t come in, but I helped start the fire. »

A quote from Guy Reffitt bragging about his actions on video

On his return to Wylie, near Dallas, this oil industry employee had threatened his two children to prevent them from reporting him to the police. The traitors, we kill themhe said on a recorded conversation transmitted to the FBI by his 19-year-old son, Jackson.

During the trial, the prosecution relied on numerous videos showing him, in the front row, haranguing the crowd and calling him a leader.

Believing that his acts fall within the federal laws on the terrorismprosecutors then demanded a severe sentence of 15 years in prison.

His lawyers pleaded for two years in prison, pointing out that he had not entered the Capitol and had not committed violence.

A hundred prison sentences handed down

Judge Dabney Friedrich retained an intermediate sentence of seven years and three months in prison. She called her actions antithesis of democracybut refused to stray too far from the sentences handed down so far, the heaviest being five years and three months in prison.

Since the attack, more than 850 people have been arrested, 330 have pleaded guilty and only a dozen have been tried at trial. So far, around 100 prison sentences have been handed down.

In parallel with this judicial component, a parliamentary inquiry is seeking to shed light on the role of former President Donald Trump in the attack. Its report is expected in the fall.

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