Participant in the events of January 6, 2021 Guy Reffitt was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.
The District of Columbia Court in the United States sentenced 49-year-old participant in the events of January 6, 2021 Guy Reffitt to seven years and three months in prison. This is the longest term in the case of the storming of the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump at the moment. BBC News writes about this.
The verdict was delivered on Monday, August 1, by Judge Dabney Friedrich.
Guy Reffitt was a member of a militarized radical ultra-right group” The Three Percents”, calling to fight the US federal authorities and protect the right to own guns by all means.
The Texas native was accused of carrying firearms into the area adjacent to the Capitol during the assault, and also urged protesters to break through the police and enter the building. The prosecution considers him the leader of the “rebels”.
“He lit a match that started a fire,” the prosecutors emphasized during the process. They asked for 15 years in prison for him, insisting that the crime was a pre-planned violent act against the legitimate authority.
Reffitt was ultimately found guilty on five counts, including obstruction of a formal hearing and interference in the actions of the police during the riots.
He threatened his own children
It is known that upon returning home, to Texas, after the storming of the Capitol, Guy Reffitt threatened his son and daughter so that they would not extradite him FBI.
“Traitors are shot,” he said in particular to his 18-year-old son. However, later the young man testified against the father of the FBI, and then testified against him in court.
The jury, who saw the videos of Reffitt's actions at the Capitol and heard the testimony of the relatives of the accused, found the American guilty on all counts.
January 6, 2021, 5 people were killed and up to 60 police officers were injured as a result of riots in Washington.
The protest began during a joint session of Congress, which was scheduled to ratify the victory of the Electoral College (306 vs. 232) President-elect Joe Biden over incumbent President Donald Trump. Trump refused to admit defeat, calling the election “stolen”. At the same time, a group of Republican senators said they would reject the electoral college votes of several states unless Congress appoints a commission to review the election results. However, the meeting was not allowed to end.