Federal judge sentences ‘loud’ Capitol rioter to four years in prison
The man who stormed the Capitol during the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 was sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated obstruction of official proceedings and four misdemeanors.
Ministry of Justice editionse states that Matthew Bledsoewho described himself as a “spokesman”, was sentenced to 48 months on Friday after being convicted in July of charges stemming from his actions that day.
In addition to obstructing official proceedings, he was found guilty of entering and staying in a prohibited building or field; disorderly and disruptive behavior in the Capitol building; rioting in the Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building.
The statement said Bledsoe attended former President Trump’s rally at the Ellipse before the Jan. 6 riots. He then went to the Capitol and illegally entered the grounds.
Bledsoe climbed the wall on the upper northwest terrace of the building and entered through a fire door in the Senate wing.
As he entered, he shouted, “In the Capitol. This is our house. We pay for this with—. Where are your pieces of s— na?”
NBC reported Bledsoe as saying in court that he “was loud” and that he was referring to the people he believed stole the 2020 presidential election, not members of Congress.
The Justice Department said in a statement that Bledsoe climbed the statue and was outside the House hallway and hallways near the speaker’s lobby. He left the building about 20 minutes after entering.
Bledsoe returned within two hours later to remain outside the doors of the East Rotunda while officers secured the Capitol.
He was arrested a week later.
Bledsoe will serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence expires. He was also fined $2,000 and must pay an additional $2,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors asked that Bledsoe be convicted to 70 months in prison.
More than 880 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the insurgency, according to the Justice Department. More than 270 were charged with assault or obstructing law enforcement.
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