January 6

Judge slaps Capitol rioter who said Jan 6 was the ‘proudest day of my life’ with lengthy prison sentence

A Michigan man who rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term, according to press release from the Justice Department this Friday.

Anthony Robert Williams, who was “among the first” of the rioters to breach the Capitol building, was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

As MLive points out, FBI agents said they received a tip Williams had been at the Capitol and later found photos and posts he made on social media showing that he broke into the building. 

“Was [the] proudest day of my life lol felt like the founding fathers were smiling down on us in that room, and I guarantee my dad and gramps, both vets, would be proud,” Williams wrote on Facebook on Jan. 9.

From MLive:

The Department of Justice said in court documents Williams entered the building’s senate wing minutes after the door was first breached, then went to the building’s crypt, where he “was close to the front of the line of officers when rioters broke through.” He later filmed himself in the rotunda and “was one of the last people in the mob to be pushed out of that area.”

Williams was arrested less than three months later, on March, 26, 2021, and stood trial in federal court in Washington, DC.

Evidently after being arrested and making an appearance in federal court, Williams reportedly posted on Facebook “I was in the Capitol and have absolutely no remorse or fear in saying or doing it.”

According to NBC News, Williams’ sentence is the longest given to a Capitol rioter from Michigan so far. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. The 47 year-old was found guilty on all charges by a jury on June 30.

Read the full report over at MLive. 

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