According to The Epoch Times, federal prosecutors are asking that a man involved in the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill be sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Forty-nine-year-old Texas resident Guy Wesley Reffitt was convicted on March 8 of carrying a firearm in furtherance of civil disorder.
He was also found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding, entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm, obstructing officers during a civil disorder, and obstruction of justice.
Although 15 years exceeds what is recommended in federal sentencing guidelines, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler made his case for imposing the sentence in a 58-page memorandum.
Making the case
According to Nestler, the defendant’s actions were “calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion.”
Nestler also pointed to Reffitt’s “central role in leading a mob that attacked the United States Capitol while our elected representatives met in a solemn Joint Session of Congress—including his intention to use his gun and police-style flexicuffs to forcibly drag legislators out of the building and take over Congress….”
Further, Nestler mentioned how the record showed that Reffitt threatened his children with violence should they cooperate with authorities.
“He specifically told his 18-year-old son Jackson and his 16-year-old daughter Peyton that if they turned him in to the FBI, they would be traitors, and traitors get shot,” the prosecutor wrote.
Some have complained that participants in the Jan. 6 riots have been subjected to far harsher treatment than those engaged in disorder following the killing of George Floyd.
In February, Fox News reported that Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R) expressed outrage over how the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought a sentence of just 12 years for convicted arsonist Montez Terriel Lee Jr.
Lee set a fire that killed a store owner and federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of 20 years behind bars. However, prosecutors noted that he felt “angry, frustrated, and disenfranchised” after Floyd’s death.
“This is a man that clearly has no respect for our laws,” Roy in a letter to the DOJ. “Yet your office took pains to explain away and justify his actions.”