Man is imprisoned for his Jan. 6 actions, including threatening Pelosi

 October 29, 2023

A man has been sentenced to prison for his actions during the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021, including for threats that he made against then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

According to Fox 12, the man is 43-year-old Richard Harris of Happy Valley, Oregon.

Harris has been sentenced to 41 months of imprisonment, which is three years and five months.

Additionally, once his prison sentence is concluded, Harris is going to be under three years of supervised release.

What did he do?

As mentioned at the outset, Harris was involved in the Capitol protest that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021.

KGW8 reports:

On Jan. 6, after attending the Stop the Steal rally, he was part of the first group that breached the Capitol. A selfie video showed Harris shouting, "They tear gassed us. Front f— line baby. We’re storming the Capitol.”

Harris did enter the Capitol. Court documents say that he was at the front of a group of individuals who overwhelmed Capitol Police. Harris is even quoted as telling one officer, "Stand down. You’re outnumbered. There’s a f— million of us out there. And we are listening to Trump — your boss."

Harris is also reported to have made threats against then-speaker Pelosi, then-vice President Mike Pence, and a journalist - although, it is unclear what these threats were. He is further said to have climbed on at least five statues while in the Capitol and to have placed a "MAGA" hat on a statue of President Gerald Ford.

Harris then had at least one more incident with police. KGW8 reports:

When he found himself face to face with a Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant, Harris grabbed the officer's riot baton and yanked it several times. Court documents said that Harris pulled with such force that he dragged the lieutenant forward several feet into the mob.

The arrest and charges

For his actions, Harris was arrested in March of this year in South Florida.

He was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers; obstruction; and entering and remaining in a restricted building.

Harris remained in Broward County Jail after his arrest, as he was not given bail. Then, at a juryless bench trial, he was convicted of five felonies and six misdemeanors.

The 41-month prison sentence mentioned above was handed down on Friday.

Fox 12 reports:

According to the DOJ, more than 1,100 people have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the Capitol, including more than 400 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.

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