One of the protesters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 in support of former President Donald Trump was Sentenced Friday to more than five years in prison, the maximum penalty among those convicted of the assault.
Is about Robert Palmer, 54-year-old, charged with attacking police officers who were working to contain an angry crowd. Palmer cried the moment he told District Judge Tanya Chutkan that He couldn’t believe what he had done when he saw the videos of what happened.
“Your Honor. I’m really very ashamed of what I did “she said through tears.
Palmer was one of several troublemakers Convicted Friday in the District of Columbia court for their actions that day, when angry mobs stormed the Capitol to prevent Joe Biden’s certification of victory after a rally by then-President Donald Trump.
Dozens of policemen were beaten Y were bloodied: five people were killed and there was about $ 1.5 million in damage to the Capitol.
Palmer is the 65th defendant to be sentenced, out of more than 700 people who have been charged. The man made his way to the front lines during the chaos and began attacking police with a wooden board, dousing them with a fire extinguisher and then throwing it at them. He then searched for other objects, according to prosecutors. Palmer pleaded guilty to attacking the officers.
Palmer said in a handwritten letter to the judge that he felt betrayed by Trump and his allies., who fed them conspiracy theories.
“Trump supporters were deceived by those who at that time had great power,” wrote. “They kept spitting out the false narrative about a stolen election and what it was like ‘our duty’ to face tyranny ”.
Palmer, who has been held in deplorable conditions in a Washington DC jail, said that It wasn’t fair that he was punished so severely when the ringleaders of the assault weren’t even behind bars.
The judge agreed, to some extent: “It is true that the people who encouraged you to go and take action have not been charged,” he said. “That is not the court’s decision. I have my opinions about it but they are not relevant. “
Before Palmer’s 63-month sentence, the longest prison sentence ever handed down for a Capitol troublemaker it had been 41 months. That was the sentence they received so much Jacob chansley, the Arizona man who wore a horned fur hat and the owner of a New Jersey gym, Scott fairlamb, the first person to be sentenced for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the riot.
“It should be clear … trying to stop the peaceful transition of power and attacking law enforcement officials is going to receive some punishment”said the judge. “There will be consequences. I am not making you an example. I am sentencing you for what you did. “
(With information from AP)
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