The sentence imposed in Washington on Friday is the highest to date that has been imposed for involvement in the events of January 6, 2021. The 49-year-old from Pennsylvania had attacked police officers as the leader of a crowd with a chair and pepper spray that he had stolen from the security forces.
He was therefore found guilty in December of four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. The judges also found it proven that he had obstructed security forces, entered a locked building with a dangerous weapon and used physical violence there.
On January 6, 2021, following a rally by President Donald Trump, who was voted out, many of his supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington. They wanted to prevent MPs from officially confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election. It was the worst attack on the Capitol in more than 200 years. As a result, at least 950 people have been charged and more than 600 have been convicted.