This Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced a man who brought a gun to the U.S. Capitol and threatened Nancy Pelosi to the longest prison term handed down to a Capitol rioter yet, CNN reports.
Guy Reffitt, a recruiter for a right-wing militia known as the Three Percenters, was given more then seven years in prison. He was the first Capitol rioter to forgo a plea deal and go to trial.
“Mr. Reffitt’s reluctance to admit early that his behavior is illegal is concerning,” District Judge Dabney Friedrich said before handing down the 87-month sentence. “And I want to be very clear … under no legitimate definition of the term ‘patriot’ (does) Mr. Reffitt’s behavior on and around January 6 fit the term. It is the antithesis of the word.”
“The officers at the Capitol are the patriots, as well as those who fought and even died to protect our democracy, our rule of law … those in the mob are not. Not only are they not patriots, they’re a direct threat to our democracy and will be punished as such,” French added.
Reffitt was convicted in March of five felonies, including transporting and carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds, interfering with Capitol Police and obstructing an official proceeding. He carried one of many firearms he came to D.C. with to the steps of the Capitol.
“I just want to see Pelosi’s head hit every f**king stair on the way out. … And (Republican leader) Mitch McConnell too,” Reffitt said, according to a video recording he made of himself on Jan. 6.
In an interview with CBS News outside the courthouse after the sentencing, Reffitt’s daughters said that their father’s sentencing is unfair since the man who influenced him, former President Donald Trump, is still free and could possible even be president again.
“Trump deserves life in prison if my father is in prison for this long,” one of his daughters said.
According to CBS News’ Scott MacFarlane, Reffitt’s daughter also gave a statement inside the courtroom, saying that her father wasn’t a “leader” that day as prosecutors have charged — the true leader’s name was in the flags being hoisted by Capitol rioters.
I joined our @CBSNews stream immediately after this press conference with Guy Reffitt's family
His daughter's statement was a unique, distinctive moment
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— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) August 1, 2022