Scott Fairlamb was the first rioter to plead guilty to assaulting a police officer during the siege
The tough recommendation comes after weeks of critiques
— from Democratic lawmakers and the chief judge in DC
”s federal court
— that prosecutors are too soft on the Capitol rioters
Fairlamb’s sentence will be decided by a judge at a hearing next week. He also pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of congressional proceedings, namely the Electoral College certification.
Prosecutors said they recommended 44 months in prison because there are aggravating factors in Fairlamb’s case, which differentiates him from many of the low-level cases that have been resolved with misdemeanor pleas and light sentences, like probation or a few weeks in jail.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to a range of 41 に 51 months behind bars. Technically, the two crimes could lead to a maximum of 28 刑務所での年.
In a lengthy court filing, prosecutors explained their rationale. Fairlamb has two prior assault convictions. He posed with an “AREA CLOSED” sign outside the Capitol, proving that he knew he was on restricted grounds. He climbed the inauguration scaffolding and didn’t simply meander into the building. He harangued police officers who had waded through the mob, and ultimately punched one in the face. 数日後, he told a friend he’d “go again” to the Capitol.
Prosecutors also highlighted how Fairlamb had been inspired by Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon to disrupt the Electoral College proceedings. 1月に 5, Fairlamb shared a tweet with a now-infamous quote from Bannon on his radio show, where he said, “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
The Bannon reference is notable because the Justice Department is mulling whether to bring criminal charges against him for defying a subpoena from the House select committee investigating January
6. In a bipartisan vote
, the House held Bannon in contempt last month
The sentencing memo also included new details about threats Fairlamb allegedly made against 担当者. コリブッシュ, ミズーリ州の民主党員 and Black Lives Matter activist
. In an Instagram post
, Fairlamb tagged Bush and said he
“shoulda lit your ass up
,” presumably while in the Capitol
. The post contained screenshots of racist and sexist threats against Bush