October 1, 2022
Police clear the U.S. Capitol Constructing with tear gasoline as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump collect outdoors, in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021.

A former Virginia police sergeant who joined Donald Trump’s supporters in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, could possibly be sentenced to as much as eight years in jail on Thursday if a decide agrees with federal prosecutors’ suggestion.

A jury in April convicted Thomas Robertson, a former police sergeant for the city of Rocky Mount, Virginia, of six felony costs, together with obstructing an official continuing and obstruction of justice.

Eight years could be the longest sentence handed down thus far in a Capitol riot case, if U.S. District Choose Christopher Cooper agrees with prosecutors, who say that Robertson abused his place of belief as a legislation enforcement officer.

Earlier this month, a federal decide sentenced Man Reffitt, an affiliate of the far-right Three Percenters militia, to seven years and three months in jail.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, in an try and overturn his election defeat, which Trump falsely claims was the results of fraud.

Robertson’s protection lawyer is asking for a sentence of not more than 15 months.

He has been in detention since final yr, after the decide discovered he violated courtroom orders and continued to buy what prosecutors described as an “arsenal” of weapons on-line. FBI brokers additionally discovered a loaded M4 rifle and {a partially} assembled pipe bomb at his dwelling throughout a search.

Robertson’s trial featured testimony from Jacob Fracker, who had reported to Robertson on the police pressure, who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with Robertson the place they took selfies collectively.

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Prosecutors stated Robertson later destroyed the cell telephones that they had been utilizing that day.

Fracker, who cooperated with the Justice Division, pleaded responsible to a felony cost of conspiracy in March, and is because of be sentenced on Aug. 16. In change for his cooperation, prosecutors are asking the decide to condemn him to 6 months’ probation with a situation of group confinement or dwelling detention.

Prosecutors stated Robertson “anticipated violence” on Jan. 6, and he packed gasoline masks for himself and Fracker, in addition to army meals rations, water and a big picket stick.

Robertson “used his legislation enforcement coaching to dam Metropolitan Police Officers trying to carry again the mob,” federal prosecutor Elizabeth Aloi wrote within the authorities’s sentencing memo.

In a letter to the decide, Robertson stated he takes “full accountability” for his actions on Jan. 6, and stated that he was “uncovered to a number of pro-Trump, anti-Biden media” whereas he was passing the time in 2020 with a cancer-stricken buddy.

He drank to deal with stress, he stated, and fell deep into the “rabbit holes of election conspiracy theories.”

Nonetheless, he denied ever having “any intention to disrupt Congress” and claimed that Fracker truly destroyed the cell telephones, and later lied to the FBI and the courtroom about it.

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