The trial process continues regarding those who participated in the raid on the Congress building by supporters of former President Donald Trump on January 6 in the USA.
Confessed the crime of preventing the Congress from functioning
The protester named Jacob Chansley, who is seen as one of the symbols of the repression and who draws attention with his horned hat, painted face and 2-meter spear in his hand, was detained on charges of disrupting public order and damaging property after the Congress raid. Held in a detention facility in Washington, Chansley has appeared in court as part of the Congressional raid case. Chansley admitted to the court accusation against him of obstructing the functioning of Congress.
Chansley’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, stated in his defense in court that his client was not the planner of the riot and did not use violence.
Judge Royce Lamberth said in a statement, “The defendant’s public statements from prison show that he did not fully appreciate the seriousness of the charges against him. His perception of his actions as peaceful and well-intentioned shows that he is detached from reality.” Stating that Chansley accepted the plea agreement he made with the prosecutors, Lamberth said that he would decide on Chansley’s release request later.
However, details of Chansley’s plea deal with prosecutors were not disclosed.
THE PENALTY CAN BE DISCOUNTED
Chansley faces a prison sentence of between 41 and 51 months on charges of obstructing the functioning of Congress. Chansley, 33, is thought to face a less severe sentence under federal guidelines. Under federal guidelines, Chansley’s time in jail is expected to be commuted and fined.
FIRST PRISON IN CONGRESS RAISING CASE
The 38-year-old crane operator Paul Hodgkins from Florida, who participated in the raid, was the first person sentenced to prison for the raid. Convicted of obstructing an official prosecution, Hodgkins admitted to joining a group of rebels gathered outside the Capitol building with the intent of blocking the ratification of the 2020 Presidential election. In the hearing held in July, Hodgkins’ 15-21-month prison sentence was reduced to 8 months after he admitted his guilt.