Robertson is one of more than a dozen January 6 defendants so far to opt to take their case to trial instead of entering a plea agreement.
Robertson’s substantial sentence — along with the sentence given to Reffitt — could encourage January 6 defendants with sights on a trial to instead accept Justice Department plea deals. Only one accused rioter who went to trial was acquitted on all charges.
Cooper noted that Robertson, who was dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, chose to go to trial and did not accept responsibility for his actions.
“That’s your choice,” Cooper said. “But this is the consequence of that choice.”
Robertson was convicted by a DC jury in April on all six charges he faced, including the felony charges of impeding law enforcement officers, obstructing an official proceeding and tampering with evidence.
During his trial, prosecutors detailed what they considered Robertson’s preparation for the attack. They presented a post he allegedly wrote a month before January 6, 2021, calling for an “open and armed rebellion” and told the jury he brought three gas masks and food rations to DC.
Robertson’s co-defendant and former subordinate at work
, Jacob Fracker
, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in March and testified for hours against Robertson
, a man he said he used to affectionately call
” The jury also heard testimony from DC Metropolitan Police Officer Noah Duckett
, who said a man prosecutors identified as Robertson struck him and another officer with a stick
Robertson destroyed his and his Fracker’s phones before he was arrested and bought 37 guns in violation of his release conditions while awaiting trial, which Cooper considered — along with Robertson continuing “to advocate for violence” — when deciding his sentence.