Tuesday, August 9, 2022

America: Capitol rioters jailed for more than seven years

The 49-year-old was the first accused to appear in court for the riots. As a member of a militia, he came armed to the Capitol to incite violence, a prosecutor says.

A Texas man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in the attack on the US Capitol. A federal court in Washington sentenced 49-year-old Guy Wesley Rifitt to 87 months in prison for resisting law enforcement, obstruction of justice and other crimes. According to the evidence, Refit was a member of the Texas Three Percentage Militia. Among other things, he sent messages to other members of the group to recruit him for a visit to Washington on January 6, 2021.

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Congress met at the time to certify the election victory of Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump, in the last presidential election. Trump supporters violently stormed a parliament seat in the capital Washington that day.

Five people, including a police officer, died in the riots. Trump recently incited his supporters at a rally by saying that his election victory had been stolen. According to the US Department of Justice, more than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol storm since January 6, 2021.

Reffitt Capital was the first defendant to be sued for Hurricane. A jury had already found him guilty on March 8 of, among other things, breaking into a protected area with a weapon. “Guy Refitt arrived at the Capitol on January 6 with the intention of armed and inciting violence,” Washington Federal District Attorney Matthew Graves said. “In his own words, his goal was to take the Capitals ‘before the day ends’

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