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Capitol rioter Guy Reffitt gets longest prison sentence Jan. 6 but no terrorism reinforcement

WASHINGTON — A Texas Donald Trump supporter who attempted to storm the US Capitol while armed with a gun has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison on Monday after a judge denied the Justice Department’s request for a “terrorism amplification” that would have resulted in a longer prison sentence.

Guy Reffitt was the first January 6 defendant to go to trial. Reffitt’s own son actually tipped off the FBI a few weeks before Jan. 6, but didn’t hear a response until after the attack. The government had a tremendous amount of evidence against Refitt, including his friend’s testimony that Refitt wore zip ties and that the duo made the decision to carry guns because they “rather be tried by a jury of twelve than carried by six.” would. “

Reffitt was convicted in March of five counts, including transporting a firearm in support of civil unrest and obstructing an official process, although he failed to make it to the Capitol or used physical force because he eventually became incapacitated after attacking the police line.

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Refitt called himself a “damn idiot” and “not thinking straight” in court Monday as he attempted to storm the US Capitol.

“I definitely screwed it up,” Refitt said.

“I definitely wanted to apologize, really apologize multiple times and take my responsibility because I hate what I’ve done,” he said.

Reffitt, who was a member of the Texas III%ers, told the judge he no longer wanted to associate with militia groups or “or some stupid shit like that.”

Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, a Trump commissioner and a former member of the US sentencing commission, said increasing Reffitt’s sentence for carrying a gun while committing a felony and for committing a domestic terrorism felony would contribute to inequality the conviction would result in other defendants as of January 6th.

“There are many cases where defendants have committed very violent assaults and even owned guns… who didn’t get that disqualification,” Freidrich said.

Prosecutors had argued that the uptick in terrorism was justified because Refitt “planned to overtake our government.”

“He wasn’t done yet,” Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey Nestler said. “January 6th was the foreword.”

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

Reffitt wore a camera on his body that recorded his violent rhetoric during the Trump rally before the riot.

Defendant Guy Reffitt in the Capitol.
Guy Refitt at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.US District Court for DC

“I’ll take the Capitol with everyone else,” Guy Refitt said in his own recording, as “Tiny Dancer” played at Trump’s Jan. 6 rally. “We’re all gonna drag these motherfu**kers out kicking and screaming, I don’t care. I just want to see Pelosi’s head hit every damn staircase on the way out, and so does Mitch McConnell, damn it… It’s time to take back our country… I think we have the numbers to make it happen.”

He also recorded a Zoom meeting on his computer, during which he spoke at length about his actions on January 6th.

Nestler argued that Refitt “is alone in a class,” but Friedrich said she was “not so sure I agree with the government on that,” given how many other January 6 defendants said similar things.

“This defendant has made some startling allegations, bordering on delusional, and they are of exceptional concern to the court,” Freidrich said. “But other defendants too. That’s the point I’m trying to make.”

Under Friedrich’s sentences, excluding the sentencing amendments, Refitt’s sentence guidelines were 87 to 108 months in federal prison.

Prosecutors argued during his March trial that Refitt “lit the match” on Jan. 6 on the west side of the Capitol and led the mob to the Capitol, where rioters broke in.

“He was enthusiastic about what he did, about what the mob did,” a federal prosecutor told the jury. “Back in Texas he thought he got away with it.”

On Monday, Assistant US Attorney Risa Berkower read a short letter in court from Refitt’s son, Jackson Refitt, who testified against his father. He wanted mental health treatment to be part of his father’s sentence.

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

Former US Capitol Police Officer Shauni Kerkhoff also issued a victim statement, calling for the maximum sentence for Reffitt because of his lack of remorse, pride in his actions and the riot he caused.

“His actions were not acts of patriotism, they were acts of domestic terrorism,” Kerkhoff said.

Peyton Reffitt, one of Guy Reffitt’s daughters, said her father was not a threat and that his mental health was “a real issue”. She found it difficult to get through some of her statements because she was overcome with emotion and her father was clearly crying.

Refitt’s daughter previously wrote a letter to the judge saying it was “enormously embarrassing” that her father – like many “middle-aged white men” – was attracted to Trump and that her father “fell on his knees as President Trump spoke.” .”

“President Trump fooled my father and many other ordinary people with families into believing that this past election was fraudulent,” the 18-year-old wrote in her letter.

She argued Monday that her father was not a leader on Jan. 6.

“My father’s name wasn’t on all the flags that were there that day that everyone was carrying,” she said in court. “It was another man’s name.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/capitol-rioter-guy-reffitt-gets-longest-jan-6-sentence-no-terrorism-en-rcna40664 Capitol rioter Guy Reffitt gets longest prison sentence Jan. 6 but no terrorism reinforcement

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