Capitol rioter Man Reffitt will get longest sentence on January 6, however no enhance in terror

WASHINGTON – A Donald Trump fan from Texas who tried to break into the US Capitol Building while armed with a gun was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison on Monday after a judge denied the Justice Department’s request for a “intensification of terrorism” may lead to a longer prison sentence.

Guy Refitt was the first defendant on January 6 to appear in court. Reffitt’s step son is really expose the FBI a few weeks before January 6th but no reply until after the attack. The government had a lot of evidence against Reffitt, including his friend testimony that Reffitt was carrying a lanyard and that the duo decided to carry guns because they wanted to”be tried by a jury of twelve rather than the six dealt with. “

Reffitt is was convicted of five counts in Marchincluding transporting guns to disrupt civil order and obstruct official proceedings, although he did not get inside the Capitol or used physical violence because he ultimately died. ability to work after attacking the police line.

In court on Monday, Reffitt described himself as a “king idiot” and “not thinking clearly” as he tried to storm the US Capitol.

“I’m clearly determined,” says Reffitt.

“I really want to really apologize, apologize over and over and take my responsibility because I really hate what I did,” he said.

Reffitt, a member of the Texas III%ers, told the judge he no longer wanted to be associated with militia groups or “or any stupid thing like that.”

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, a Trump appointee and former member of the US Sentencing Committee, said that giving Reffitt a boost in sentencing for carrying a firearm in the course of a crime and committing a domestic terrorist offense will make a difference in judgment with the other defendants on January 6.

Freidrich said: “There are many cases where defendants who carried out very violent attacks and even possessed weapons … did not receive this departure.

Prosecutors have argued that the prosecution of terrorism is warranted because Reffitt is “planning to bypass our government.”

“He wasn’t done,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler. “January 6 is the preface.”

“We believe what he did that day was terrorism, we believe he is a domestic terrorist,” Nestler continued.

Reffitt wore a body camera to capture his violent rhetoric during Trump’s rally before the riot.

Defendant Guy Reffitt at the Capitol.
Guy Reffitt at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.United States District Court for DC

“I’m going to the Capitol with all the other f**kings,” said Guy Reffitt in particular record, as “Little Dancer” played at Trump’s January 6 rally. “We’re all going to drag them to the rocks and scream, I don’t think ** t. I just want to see Pelosi’s head bang on every f**king ladder on the way out, and Mitch McConnell too, f**k ’em all… It’s time to bring our country back.. I think we have the numbers to make it happen. “

He also recorded a Zoom meeting on his computer where he talked extensively about his actions on January 6.

Nestler argued that Reffitt was “in a classroom on her own,” but Freidrich said she was “not sure I agree with the government on that” because of how many other defendants on January 6 said such things. similar.

“This defendant has some frightening claims that the border is an illusion, and they are particularly worried about the court,” said Freidrich. “But so are the other defendants. That’s the point I’m trying to make.”

According to Friedrich’s rulings, in the absence of sentencing measures, Reffitt’s sentencing guidelines were 87 to 108 months in federal prison.

Prosecutors argued during his trial in March that Reffitt “light up the match“On the west side of the Capitol on January 6th, lead the crowd towards the Capitol building where the rioters broke in.

“He’s excited about what he did, about what the mob did,” a federal prosecutor told jurors. “Back home in Texas, he thought he was out of it.”

In court on Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Risa Berkower read a brief letter from Jackson Reffitt, Reffitt’s son, who testified against his father. He wants mental health treatment to be part of his father’s sentence.

Jackson Reffitt wrote: “My father lost himself to so many things. “The prison system should be used not to destroy a person, but to rehabilitate a person.”

Former U.S. Capitol Police Officer Shauni Kerkhoff also issued a victim impact statement, demanding the maximum sentence for Reffitt for his lack of remorse, pride in his actions and the anarchy he has caused. cause.

“His actions were not patriotic, but domestic terrorism,” Kerkhoff said.

Peyton Reffitt, one of Guy Reffitt’s daughters, says her father is not a threat and his mental health is “a real problem.” She had a hard time getting through some of her statements because she was getting emotional, and her father was clearly crying.

Reffitt’s daughter had previously written a letter to the judge saying it was “deeply embarrassing” that her father – like so many “middle-aged white men” – was sucked in by Trump and her father had “fallen apart”. pillow when President Trump” said. ”

“President Trump deceived my father and many other ordinary citizens and their families into believing that the last election was rigged,” the 18-year-old wrote in the letter.

She argued on Monday that her father did not play a leading role on January 6.

“My father’s name was not on all the flags that were there that day, which people brought with them,” she told the court. “It’s another man’s name.”

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