The first individual to stand trial in the J6 witch-hunt faces sentencing on Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.
A federal jury in March convicted Guy Wesley Reffitt, 49, of Wylie, Texas of five felony counts, including obstruction of justice as well as entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm.
The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a 15-year prison sentence for Reffitt, which would be the longest sentence thus far for a J6 political prisoner.
“Prosecutors have also — for the first time — asked a federal district court judge to apply a terrorism enhancement, which would effectively define under law that a rioter’s actions amounted to domestic terrorism,” ABC News wrote.
1st Capitol rioter to stand trial faces sentencing
Guy Wesley Reffitt, 49, of Wylie, Texas, was convicted by a federal jury in March of five felony counts.
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) August 1, 2022
U.S. seeks 15-year sentence for first man convicted for role in #January6th Capitol attack
'jury…convicted 49-year-old Guy Wesley Reffitt… on five felony counts, including obstruction of justice and entering…a restricted building while armed.'https://t.co/JrQ4c0Ovti
— Galen Watson (@galencwatson) August 1, 2022
ABC News added:
Reffitt’s attorney, Clinton Broden, asked that his client be sentenced to no more than two years. He said he was shocked by the prosecution’s recommendation, since his client wasn’t accused of entering the Capitol or assaulting any police officers that day.
“It’s absolutely absurd,” Broden told The Associated Press during a telephone interview last month. “I certainly don’t condone what Mr. Reffitt did. And I think everybody realizes the seriousness of the offenses. But at the same point, there has to be some proportionality here.”
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich isn’t bound by any of the recommendations or the federal sentencing guidelines, which in Reffitt’s case call for a prison sentence ranging from nine years to 11 years and three months.
During the trial, prosecutors sought to cast Reffitt, a member of the Texas Three Percenters militia group, as a ringleader of one of the first waves of the mob that breached the Capitol from the building’s west side.
The Gateway Pundit explained the importance of Reffitt’s sentencing and why Americans should be paying attention.
Why is this sentencing so important and why should all Americans be paying attention? This is the Biden Department of Injustice’s warning to protesters who reject plea deals- a Terrorism Upwards Departure at Sentencing. The Justice Department is literally forcing people to not exercise their right to a jury trial by pressuring them under extreme duress and using their fellow defendants as “examples”. This is dystopic and UNCONSTITUTIONAL. If Judge Friedrich complies with the Government, the Trump appointee is agreeing that it is okay to treat the January 6th attack as an act of Domestic Terrorism. She is agreeing that American protesters can be legally defined as Terrorists and setting a precedent that will have enormous repercussions to the First Amendment as we know it. If the Terrorism Upwards Departure is applied, it will deeply influence the decision making of the hundreds of other J6 Protesters awaiting trial, future protesters that are charged for non-J6 related protests, and discourage First Amendment protected protests now and in the future.
Read the guest post from Randy Ireland, the founder of Americans For Justice, for more background on Guy Reffitt.