A Pennsylvania man who partook in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison this Tuesday, NBC News reports.
Richard Michetti pleaded guilty to a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding back in May. He admitted to the court that he entered the Capitol building on Jan. 6 and yelled “we feed your family,” and “you are just taking orders.” Prosecutors say he at one point briefly pinched the sleeve of a U.S. Capitol Police officer” and that he told other officers they were “starting a civil war.”
Federal prosecutors say Michetti he texted his “former girlfriend” when he was at the riot “because he believed the 2020 presidential election had been ‘rigged’ and ‘stolen.'”
While texting his ex, Michetti called her a “moron” because she apparently didn’t share his belief that the 2020 election was stolen by Joe Biden. Soon after, she gave his name to the FBI.
Michetti “believed that certification of the 2020 presidential election was creating a ‘civil war’ and engaged with hundreds of others to jointly try and stop Congress from doing its Constitutional duty,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
“He personally confronted police and encouraged other rioters who were assaulting officers in the Old Senate Chamber hallway,” they wrote. “Michetti was sprayed twice with irritant and twice remained in the Capitol building despite the clear efforts of police to force him and other riots to leave.”