California Jan. 6 Defendant Gets 6.5 Years Behind Bars

CA J6 Defendant Gets 6.5 Years Behind Bars

( – As of the beginning of August, over 1,100 people, including former President Donald Trump, have been charged for their alleged roles in the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021. According to Axios, more than 350 people have been sentenced to prison for their participation in the insurrection, with more in the pipeline. On September 5, the former leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio received the harshest prison sentence yet — 22 years. A couple of days later, a California man received his punishment.

On September 7, the Department of Justice announced that that construction contractor Sean Michael McHugh was sentenced to 6.5 years in federal prison. US District Judge John Bates also sentenced the California man to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $2,000 in restitution. That money will go to the Architect of the Capitol, the steward of the buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill.

The US Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia issued a press release on April 18, announcing McHugh’s verdict. Prosecutors charged him with obstruction and assaulting, impeding, or interfering with police. According to the release, video footage showed the felon on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol building assaulting several police officers. McHugh doused the law enforcement officials with bear spray and used a large metal sign to push a line of Capitol police backward. McHugh had a bench trial and Bates found him guilty as charged.

Federal prosecutors recommended over 10 years in prison and a $73,000 fine, whereas the defense asked the judge for two years behind bars and three years of supervised release.

According to a memo, Defense Attorney Joseph W. Allen called his client’s actions “poor exercise of judgment” amidst an “unfortunate cascade of events.” Unfortunately for McHugh, a lack of judgment and mob mentality did not convince the judge that he was not responsible for his actions that day.

The January 6 insurrection remains under investigation.

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